The Renowned official, who died on June 19, 2022, worked for the WWE for nearly 25 years. Tim White, real name Timothy Rhys White, was born on March 25, 1954, in Cumberland, Rhode Island. White began his career at a young age and has always aspired to be a Pro Wrestling referee. He began as a part-time referee in 1985, while also working as an assistant to Andre The Giant. When Andre died in 1993, White took over the post-full-time and rose to popularity.
White was noted for directing some of WWE’s most memorable events, including the iconic Hell in a Cell Match between the Undertaker and Mankind at King of the Ring 1998. He held the position for eleven years before suffering a shoulder injury in a Hell in a Cell match between Triple H and Chris Jericho on Judgement Day in 2002.
Two years later, at WrestleMania XX, White returned for the match between Jericho and Christian but re-injured his shoulder during the last three counts. This effectively ended his long career in the ring.
Even after his officiating career ended, White continued to work behind the scenes as an official and talent agent until 2009, according to WWE.
White operated The Friendly Tap in Cumberland, Rhode Island, where he was videotaped in a contentious section for a TV and web series following his post-refereeing career.
White appeared melancholy in one of his 2005 acts with SmackDown interviewer John Matthews. He was videotaped drinking heavily and declaring on-air that the 2002 match had ruined his life. In the tone-deaf episode, White then pulled a shotgun from his pocket and seemed to shoot himself.
What Was The Cause Of Death For Tim White?
Due to health concerns, White died on June 19, 2022.
“For more than two decades, Tim White was a dedicated WWE referee and official,” WWE announced. As WWE confirmed his death, accolades for White poured in on social media. “WWE expresses its sympathies to White’s family, friends, and fans,” the corporation added.
Shawn Michaels and Big E, both WWE luminaries, paid tribute to White, characterizing him as “extraordinarily kind and loving.” Former wrestler and Defiant Wrestling general manager Stu Bennett described him as “a real gent and a terrific laugh to hang out with.”