Wrestling champion Kevin Nash’s son, Tristen Nash, has died at the age of 26.
“On behalf of Kevin and Tamara Nash, I have to unfortunately report that their son Tristen Nash has tragically passed away at the age of 26,” Fightful.com reporter Sean Ross Sapp Transcript via TwitterOn Thursday, October 20. “Tristen recently started working on Kevin’s new podcast and the two enjoyed their time together. The Nash family asks if you could please respect their privacy during this time.”
No further details surrounding Tristen’s passing have been revealed.
The A professional athlete, 63 years old — who has twice been inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hall of Fame — and wife Tamara Nash welcomed Tristen in June 1996 and gushed about parenthood before his untimely death.
“My reason for living,” Kevin, who married Tamara in 1988, captioned an April Instagram photo of his only child.
While balancing his WWE career ahead of his 2020 retirement, the Dog Actor made sure that Tamara and Tristen were his top priorities.
“I had a wife who was due. I was awaiting a payday every year. [WrestleMania]. I didn’t know what I was going to make, and I’m driving a used Mercedes,” Kevin told Sports Illustrated November 2016: His 1996 contract extension to continue at WWE. “Then, all of a sudden, I’m going to get a minimum of $850,000 from WCW, and it was for 180 days, which was considerably more days off than Vince [McMahon] at over 300.”
He recalled at the time: “I was coming from a world where I’d sit in the car and watch guys come back from the phone booth after making a collect call home and say, ‘My kid walked today.’ Then we’d drive off to Binghamton, New York, or wherever else. I didn’t want that to be my life. If you’re in this business, you’re already on the road way more than you should be. Waffle Houses, getting lost without a map made up the majority of our time. You had a map.”
T.he father-son pair started their “Kliq This” podcast alongside Sean Olivier.
“I met a great young man this year named Tristen. He worked with me and his dad on a podcast we have, and proved to be smart, sweet, savvy, witty, and mature beyond his mere handful of years,” Olivier tweetedThursday marked the end of the life of the late musician. “There were big things coming for him, but it was not to be. The unfairness of our brief time on Earth rears its ugly head [its] ugly head again & we are rendered speechless.”
He concluded: “To steal a heart so pure, full of potential, is cruelty beyond understanding. Won’t try. I have his last text to me: ‘Love you man.’ I read it 50 times in 2 days &, T, I’m gonna read it a lot more.”
Despite Tamara and Kevin not speaking out about their son’s death, the wrestling community offered condolences.
“My thoughts are with Kevin Nash & his family following the passing of his son. It’s absolutely tragic,” Matt HardyWrite via Twitter after learning of Tristen’s death.
Pro wrestling coach Danny CageFor his part, he tweeted: “Thoughts go out to Kevin Nash & his family. No father should have his son buried. Heartbreaking.”