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Former ROH Champion Xavier passes away at 43 years old

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Xavier, best known for his run as a former ROH Champion, has passed away at the age of 43.

PWInsider were the first to report the death. The circumstances regarding his passing are not currently known. Ring Of Honor has also released a statement.

Xavier made his wrestling debut in 1997, training under Tony Devito working in the New York Tri City area. He worked regularly with Ring of Honor, debuting on the first show, The Era of Honor Begins. 

On September 21, 2002, he defeated inaugural ROH Champion Low Ki to win the title for the first and only time, aligning himself with Christopher Daniels’ stable The Prophecy. He would go on to defend the title against the likes of AJ Styles, Paul London, and Jay Briscoe.

His run with the championship ended on March 22, 2003, when Samoa Joe defeated him at Night of Champions. He would continue to make sporadic appearances in the company from 2003-2007. 

“Rest In Peace Xavier,” Daniels wrote on his Twitter account. “Thank you for the matches, both as opponent and partner. You will be missed.”

Xavier was set to return to ROH in March of this year to face Jay Lethal at ROH Past vs. Present. However, the event was cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.