DAVE HEBNER 1949-2022: Wrestling world reacts to the death of Dave Hebner

Posted on 6/18/122 by Colin Vassallo

The wrestling world reacted to the death of
legendary referee Dave Hebner, who passed
away yesterday at the age of 73.

WWE issued a statement on its WWE.COM
website and social media, writing that the
company is saddened to learn that the long-
time referee has passed away, mentioning
some of his memorable matches he officiated
and of course the whole Andre/DiBiase angle.

“Following the conclusion of his impressive
officiating career, Hebner would work for
WWE in a backstage capacity until 2005. WWE
extends its condolences to Hebner’s family,
friends and fans,” the statement concluded.

Hermie Sadler, a big family friend and
former race car driver who published a photo
of Dave a few weeks ago, wrote “I am
heartbroken to hear of the passing of Dave
Hebner. Good man. Great husband and father.
Great friend to many. I am so glad I got to
see him recently. This man touched a lot of
peoples lives and he will be missed.”

Longtime friend Gerald Brisco said the two
have been friends since 1970 when the
Hefner’s were setting up rings. “Had much
respect for the Hebner’s. They were part of
the company biggest angle both are deserving
to @WWE HOF.”

Referee Charles Robinson wrote that it was
sad to hear about the passing of Dave
Hebner. “Certainly one of the nicest people
I met in this business,” Robinson said.
Former referee Tony Chimel also said that
Hebner was a nice man and someone who will
be missed.

Former WWE Executive Director and WCW
President Eric Bischoff replied to Earl
Hebner’s tweet and wrote, “Very sorry to
hear this Earl. Thoughts are with you and
the rest of your family. RIP Dave.”

The Iron Sheik, who worked with Dave Hebner
during his time in WWE, wrote in his typical
all caps, “Dave Hebner my heart break bubba
I love you forever.”

Matt Hardy wrote, “RIP Dave Hebner – You &
@TheEarlHebner were always so kind &
supportive towards myself & Jeff. I have
lots of love for the entire Hebner family.
My thoughts go out to your family & friends.
Godspeed, Dave.”

WWE producer Hurricane Helms also wrote how
Dave was always kind to him while WWE Hall
of Famer Sean Waltman described the Hebner
twins as two of the nicest people he’s ever
crossed paths with in pro wrestling.

“I am so saddened to hear about Dave
Hebner’s passing. I adore this whole family
so much,” added Gail Kim, who worked with
Dave in TNA. “I’ve been so fortunate to be
able to work with Dave, Earl, Brian and
Katie and I’m thinking of them all today at
this sad time. Let’s celebrate Dave’s life.
Love to the Hebners.”

Mickie James, who also worked with the
Hebner family many times, wrote, “My
thoughts and prayers are with all of the
Hebner family right now. I’m so saddened to
hear of the passing of Dave Hebner. Sending
you both @TheEarlHebner
& @babyhebner every bit of my love. Our
condolences to your family, friends & all
his loved ones. Im so sorry.”

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