Legendary former WWE referee Tim White has died, aged 68.
The best friend of iconic Andre the Giant, White worked for WWE for more than 20 years.
He officiated some of the most memorable matches in company history, including the infamous Hell in a Cell match between Undertaker and Mankind at King of the Ring 1998.
A WWE spokesman said: “WWE is saddened to learn that long-time referee Tim White has passed away.
For more than two decades, Tim White was a dedicated WWE referee and official.
“White began his illustrious career in 1985 working with Andre the Giant and as a part-time referee.
“During his tenure, he was the referee for some of WWE's biggest matches.
"A shoulder injury effectively ended White’s in-ring career, but White still remained a major part of WWE working behind the scenes as an official and talent agent until 2009.
“WWE extends its condolences to White’s family, friends and fans.”
His last WWE match as referee was for a bout between Chris Jericho vs HHH at Wrestlemania 20 in 2004 – he injured his shoulder during the final three count of the match, and ended his in-ring career shortly after.
But it was his relationship with Andre the Giant that many people remember him for.
In the 2009 WWE biographical book about the huge wrestler, White recalled a time when he, Andre and infamous Arnold Skaaland were in a car.
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It was the moment when White was given the role of travel companion for Andre.
He said: “Arnie used to be the driver.
“When Arenie started to get off the road, it was kind of a handoff.
“He picked me, just like Andre picked Hogan to carry on.
“Arnie felt, being Andre's best friend, that I would be a guy that would care about him and take care of him”.
And ring announcer Howard Finkel added: “Andre, Arnie and Timmy were like the three amigos.
“They were inseparable when they were all on the road – they just had a blast wherever they went.
“They could drink, they could eat, they could be merry.”
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A raft of current WWE superstars paid tribute to White, too.
Former WWE Champion Big E – who is currently injured with a serious neck injury – tweeted: “I lit up every time I saw this man!
“Tim White often was the man tasked with shepherding us at appearances and conventions the last several years.
“He was always extraordinarily kind and warm.
“I will miss you, my friend.”
And former WWE Smackdown Women's Champion Carmella wrote: “This breaks my heart – I truly loved seeing Tim White and getting to know him over the years.
“He was always such a positive happy person – he will be so missed.”
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