The Sun reported on Thursday that Jimmy the Jester, whose real name was James Pasquale and who was a pro wrestler in the independent circuit, died in a car crash. He had turned 34. No one knew what happened in the crash.
A post on social media says that on April 29, there will be a 10 Bell salute for Pasquale at a wrestling match in Ridgefield Park.
The Daily Mail says that Pasquale fought for different companies, such as Titan Championship Wrestling Entertainment, Stand Alone Wrestling, Lucha Riot, WWWA, and Atomic Championship Wrestling. He started working as a professional wrestler in 2019 and went to the Monster Factory, a well-known wrestling school that opened in 1983.
The Daily Mail said that Pasquale was born in Old Bridge and grew up in Belvidere. There, he went to Belvidere High School and did boxing and gymnastics. He went to Warren County Community College and started wrestling for independent companies while he was there.
Websites about wrestling say that Pasquale made a name for himself with his high-flying moves and technical skills. He quickly became a fan favorite and won many titles during his career.
We here at FYW are very saddened to hear of the passing of James Pasquale AKA Jimmy the Jester
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He will be honored Saturday April 29 Ridgefield Park With a 10 Bell Salute💙🙏💖 pic.twitter.com/39XqrZnjFN
— Find Yourself Wrestling™️ (@FindYourselfPro) April 12, 2023
During his fights, he painted his face like the Joker and wore brightly colored tights. “But even though he was known for being mean in the ring, he was also known as a respectful fighter who tried to make his opponents feel as safe and comfortable as possible,” the Mail said.
When his friend Kevin Protyvniak wrote about his death on Facebook and posted pictures of the two of them, memories poured in.
“I’m so sorry to hear about James Pasquale’s death,” wrote Protyvniak. “You’ve been a great friend for over ten years, through good times and bad. You were my best man at my wedding, and you gave a great speech. You may be gone, but never forgotten. Miss you Jimmy.”
Sammy Fernandez, who is also a boxer, said he cried when his friend died.
“When I heard the news, I burst into tears. Part of me was hoping it was the biggest joke Jimmy the Jester would play on us and there would be a big SYKE at the end,” he told the Mail. “I’m heartbroken. It’s not a trick, a game, or a joke that you would have loved to play on us. I can’t believe this is happening.”
“We wrestled a lot, and you were my favorite opponent because you always made sure I was safe and would be taken care of. I trusted you with my life in the ring.” I don’t want to be sad because that’s not what you would have wanted, but I didn’t get to tell you how much I loved you.”
“I just lost someone I was hoping would walk through the doors of monster factory again and be the charismatic goof he always was,” tweeted Danny Cage, a coach at the wrestling school Monster Factory where Pasquale trained. “Then I heard that he was going to return. We’ll miss you, Jimmy, the Fool!”
Missy Sampson, another coach at the Wrestling Factory, wrote, “We @4MonsterFactory lost one of our own in JimmyThe Jester!” “He was funny and had a good heart! Gone too soon! Please give your family and friends a big hug and tell them you love them. Say a prayer for his loved ones. Till we see you again buddy!”
Erin Trzeciak wrote a touching message on Facebook: “My heart is so heavy today. I never in a million years thought I would be writing this. James Pasquale, you had such a bright, happy attitude that people wanted to be around you. I can’t even count how many times I’ve heard you tell the same joke or story for the 50th time, even though I knew how it would end, and you still found a new way to make me laugh. You just have this energy that can’t be put into words.”