On March 17 2023, the independent wrestling world lost the referee Sean Patrick O’Brien, perhaps better known as SPO.
Aged just 34, the cause of death is, at the time of writing not known.
Following the news of SPO’s passing, a number of names from across the wrestling world would share their thoughts.
“You never know when you are going to see someone for the last time.
“We used to do IWA MS every week and we would joke and work together often, and over the years we saw each other less and less, but it was always nice to see you when we did
“RIP Sean aka SPO”
Vinny Pacifico would send a heartfelt suggestion to “spread as much love as you can”, saying:
“Tell those close you love them. We lost a wonderful human being in SPO.
“Spread as much love as you can. Call those friends and tell them you love them.
“Forgive others. Be kind.”
AEW’s Lee Moriarty would share a photo of himself and SPO:
SPO. 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/KnAI92Y3Yf
— TAIGASTYLE (@theleemoriarty) March 18, 2023
Hunter Drake would share personal memories of his time with SPO, saying:
“Man no f*cking way. Me and SPO used to smoke together every Thursday at the Arena at IWA and always had the best conversations some I’ll never forget.
“Was such a great guy, great father, and loved this sport. I love you forever my friend🙏 Rest easy.”
ICW No Holds Barred would be among the companies to share the news, saying:
“R.I.P. Sean Patrick O’Brien aka SPO.
“He taught us to always tell our friends we love them. The definition of “team player”. We will love you forever. 🦓”
The WrestleTalk team sends their thoughts and condolences to SPO’s family and relatives following their loss.
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