Yesterday we reported the tragic news that 36-year-old British wrestling mainstay Adrian McCallum, who wrestled as Lionheart, had passed away.
McCallum was a hugely popular member of the BritWres community and his untimely passing has shocked and devastated the UK scene.
The outpouring of emotion from McCallum’s friends and fans show what a stand-up man he was and how loved he was by those who knew him.
Tributes have poured in for McCallum from far and wide. Here are some of the touching thoughts and messages of respect paid to McCallum by his peers:
— Drew McIntyre (@DMcIntyreWWE) June 20, 2019
This doesnt feel real. He was the cornerstone of Scottish Wrestling and a huge part of many of our journeys. Wrestlers and fans alike.
He brought out the best in anyone he stepped in the ring with and always looked out for others.
Thank you for everything brother xx
— Joe Hendry (@joehendry) June 19, 2019
For hours I've been trying to process that someone I was texting with 24hrs ago is now gone.
I think it's important that everyone who knew & loved Adrian knows that his last messages with me were about him wanting to do something to lift up someone else. Selfless to the end. https://t.co/9BxpZYlDMk
— Nick Aldis (@RealNickAldis) June 19, 2019
Thanks for everything brother❤️ pic.twitter.com/GmODJV9wkx
— Sha Samuels (@Shasamuels) June 19, 2019
Horrible news. Adrian and I butted heads when I was younger but he was so incredibly supportive for me and so many others and became a friend. He had so much passion for this business and it showed in his work and his wrestling company. Thoughts are with his family. https://t.co/nmAWNM8n4L
— Damian Mackle (@KillianDain) June 19, 2019
Sorry to hear about the passing of @lionheartuk #AdrianMcCallum. He came to me for advice many times over the years and I’m truly saddened to hear what happened. May God give you true peace my friend.… https://t.co/kGaRxzcVcN
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) June 20, 2019
I always looked up to Lionheart’s professional approach to wrestling when it was far from that at the time. People like him were pivotal in the growth of a scene that has lead to so many people being able to do this for a living.
Thoughts are with those close to him. https://t.co/8WAtPTu0Il
— Pete Dunne (@PeteDunneYxB) June 19, 2019
Very sad to hear of the passing of Adrian “Lionheart” McCallum. A lovely lad whenever I met him. Condolences to his family, friends and fans.
— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) June 19, 2019
The passing of Adrian ‘Lionheart’ McCallum is so tragically sad. He was a great man who will be badly missed by so many of his friends and peers alike. His life’s work will (and should) be remembered by all on the UK scene – a scene that he truly helped to build. RIP Brother X
— Alex Shane (@RealAlexShane) June 19, 2019
I had the pleasure of knowing Adrian McCallum for over 12 years. I got to work with him, work for him, share a lot of laughs with him & always enjoyed being around him. A truly heartbreaking day. My thoughts are with everyone who knew him, and loved him. Rest In Peace Lionheart. pic.twitter.com/AHwWXuod9f
— Ligero (@Ligero1) June 19, 2019
RIP Lionheart 💔
Always super supportive to me, which will never be forgotten.
Thoughts and love are with his family right now ❤️
— Kip Sabian (@TheKipSabian) June 19, 2019
Every time I’ve met you, you have been nothing but a sweetheart. I honestly cannot believe I’m writing this tweet.
Devastated doesn’t cover how I feel.
RIP Adrian Lionheart McCallum. pic.twitter.com/94yCqm9p0v
— ᵂⁱˡˡ ᴼˢᵖʳᵉᵃʸ • ウィル・オスプレイ (@WillOspreay) June 19, 2019
Just heard about Lionheart, and I don't have the proper words for this just yet. We were just messaging back and forth a week or so ago. Adrian cared – really cared – about the right things, and he took pride in his work. To everyone that held him dear: my heartfelt condolences. pic.twitter.com/NscvGTSWJg
— Mike Quackenbush (@MikeQuackenbush) June 20, 2019
My person, my brother.
I love you so much. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/3j0SdhmZgn
— Viper-Piper Niven (@viperpiperniven) June 19, 2019
That is awful. Met Lionheart a few times over the years and worked with him last summer at WOS. A nice guy and a talented performer. RIP Adrian. https://t.co/ozZcuikZHc
— Stu Bennett (@StuBennett) June 19, 2019
I'm crushed to hear the passing of Adrian ‘Lionheart’ McCallum. I may not have known him very well but he was one of the first people to welcome me with open arms when I took my first tour to the U.K. #RIPLionheart
— Cedric Alexander (@CedricAlexander) June 19, 2019
RIP Lionheart. Only met him a handful of times but I know he had a lot of friends and fans within the business and did great things in ICW. A very sad day indeed.
Sending lots of love to those close to him x https://t.co/HWFBV7uZdQ
— Jim Smallman (@jimsmallman) June 19, 2019
So sad to hear about the passing of Lionheart. Sadly, I only worked with him once & was an acquaintance more than a friend yet this has still hit me hard. I’m sad for his friends, family & fans & I’m sad for wrestling; it’s lost a charismatic, determined and charming young man.
— Andy Quildan (@AQuildan) June 19, 2019
Such devastating & tragic news. My thoughts are with his family & friends. RIP.😢 https://t.co/7xswIVSXom
— Martin Kirby (@MKirbyProEgo) June 20, 2019
Just absolutely heartbreaking. I’m so sorry Adrian 😰. May you rest in peace brother ❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/CvikTw3KYR
— Marty Scurll (@MartyScurll) June 19, 2019
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— Rob Van Dam (@TherealRVD) June 19, 2019