The company has paid tribute to the legendary official, who spent almost 25 years working for the wrestling giant in various capacities over a lengthy and well-respected career.
In a statement, the company 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.’
They added: ‘WWE extends its condolences to White’s family, friends and fans.’
After becoming an on-screen official, White was in charge for some of WWE’s most legendary bouts, including the iconic Hell In A Cell match between The Undertaker and Mankind at King of the Ring 1998.
He suffered a shoulder injury in 2002, and a repeat injury two years later effectively ended his career, while he continued to work behind the scenes and eventually appeared in a series of on-screen skits where he struggled to deal with the fallout.
Meanwhile, White – whose death was revealed just days after fellow official Dave Hebner passed away – also owned a bar called The Friendly Tap.
WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Micheals tweeted: ‘Saddened to hear about both Dave Hebner and Tim White. Both incredible men I was privileged to spend time with in and out of the ring. My thoughts are with their families.’
Sharing a photo of himself with White, Big E wrote: ‘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. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.’
Shelton Benjamin added: ‘Man we have lost a great guy. Tim always made me feel like much welcomed family. My condolences to the White family R.I.P Tim White’
Wade Barrett wrote: ‘Sad to hear the news about Tim White. He was a total gent and a great laugh to hang out with. I knew I was guaranteed a fun day whenever he’d escort me on any WWE appearances. Thinking of your family, and raising a glass to you tonight, Tim!’
And Ricochet added: ‘I spent some time with Tim White doing Comic-Cons and other signings. He always brought a smile to everyone around, made us all happier just cause he was around. Gonna miss him.’
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