It is with great sadness that I report that Texas wrestling legend Killer Tim Brooks at the age of 72 following a long battle with cancer. Brooks had been in hospice for some time, leaving briefly in order to receive an official induction into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame several weeks back.
You can view the announcement of his death from his son Clayton Brooks’ Facebook page that was published today.
It is with a heavy heart that we the Brooks family announce that our father, loving husband, brother and friend has made his depart from this earth to the heavens. From the Brooks family we want to say thank you for all the prayers, love and support through these terrible times. Dad was the toughest man I have ever met he fought cancer like I have seen no other. With all the accomplishments he has made through his 73 years on this earth from being a army veteran of the Vietnam war to holding just about every championship belt through professional wrestling and a hall-of-famer. Most of all he was a God-fearing man a wonderful husband to his wife of 13 years Julie, the best father and grandfather to us kids. He will be missed dearly by so many. We will keep everybody updated on arrangements as they’re made thanks again for the love and support.
#killertimbrooks #lovinghusband #lovingdad
Sincerely Brooks family
The cousin of Dick Murdoch, Brooks first debuted in the late 1960s, working in Texas territories before making his way around a number of territories, including Puerto Rico, Detroit, Cleveland, Stampede, the Pacific Northwest and in Georgia. In Georgia, he was known for the angle where he “sold” the Georgia National Championship to Larry Zbyszko after winning the belt from Paul Orndorff, which was in part the inspiration for Ted DiBiase buying the WWF title from Hulk Hogan years later.
Brooks was best known for his work in The Lone Star State. Billed from Waxahachie, Texas, he was a regular for Big Time Wrestling, which later morphed into World Class, holding a plethora of titles there as a heel. Brooks held the NWA Texas title, the World Class TV title, The Texas Tag Titles with Stan Hansen and Bad Bad Leroy Brown, among others. He also held the Texas version of the Six-Man Tag Team Championship.
Brooks launched his own promotion, the NAWA, out of Fort Worth in the early 1990’s and after retiring officially from the ring in 1997, began a training school in Texas that produced current WWE NXT North American Champion Keith Lee, among others. Brooks would often make appearances at Texas related events and had appeared at the Mid-Atlantic Legends Fanfest in past years.
Tributes to Brooks have come in today and you can view them in the Tweets below.
So sorry to hear of the passing of the legendary Killer Tim Brooks, a true icon of the sport of professional wrestling. I remember him wrestling for the Sheik's Big Time Wrestling. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and fans! pic.twitter.com/wR3KgI9HQg
— Bobby Fulton (@TheBobbyFulton) June 30, 2020
Acutely aware of the pain today brings.
He was my birth, my knowledge, my preparation. Home when I was homeless.
— Hopeful Lee (@RealKeithLee) June 30, 2020
AEW joins the wrestling world in mourning the death of “Killer” Tim Brooks. Our thoughts are with his family, his friends and his fans. pic.twitter.com/UNej0sSQBN
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) June 30, 2020
S.A.M.’s Spiel: It is never an easy thing to report a wrestler’s death and this is no exception. He was a bit before my time, but there is no denying the impact he made on the industry when you see how many have paid tribute to him. All of us here at WR give our thoughts and condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.