UPDATE: WWE, Impact Wrestling, Mick Foley, Shane Helms, Big E., Natalya, Kane, and others have all now issued statements on the tragic passing of Shannon “Daffney” Spruill, who took her own life on Wednesday night.
“WWE is saddened to learn that former WCW star Shannon Spruill, known to sports-entertainment fans as Daffney, passed away at the age of 46.
Spruill gained worldwide recognition when she first arrived in WCW in November 1999 as Daffney, aligning herself with David Flair and Crowbar. Shortly after making a name for herself, Daffney made history in May of 2000 when she became only the second woman to hold the WCW Cruiserweight Championship. With her signature scream and ever-changing style, Daffney would go onto become a mainstay of the independent scene for more than two decades.
WWE extends its condolences to Spruill’s family, friends and fans.”
Impact Wrestling added,
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Shannon “Daffney” Spruill. We offer our sincere condolences to her friends and family.”
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Shannon “Daffney” Spruill. We offer our sincere condolences to her friends and family. pic.twitter.com/XSpY6X9xbQ
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 2, 2021
I’m so very sorry to learn of Daffney’s passing. A terrible loss for her family, friends and wrestling. She was far ahead if her time in our business. #RIPDaffney
If you’re hurting and thinking of doing harm to yourself, please know that help is available.
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) September 2, 2021
My favorite WCW Daffney moment. Daffney was so excited that I would put her over like this. I’m pretty sure it happened because @wcwcrowbar and I were just talking about how to get her involved in the match. Daff thanking me 8 million times at least. #RIPDaffney pic.twitter.com/hwMJmMiQMA
— Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) September 2, 2021
I am so saddened to hear about the passing of Daffney. She was a very talented performer who dedicated a lot of her life to entertaining others through her performances in the ring. I am sending my deepest condolences to her family and keeping Daffney in my prayers. pic.twitter.com/yWBnHl8LH6
— Nattie (@NatbyNature) September 2, 2021
So very sad. Pray for Daffney’s loved ones.
Mick is is right. If you need help, please call 800-273-8255. https://t.co/YL4guIESJP
— Kane (@KaneWWE) September 2, 2021
I’m so sorry to everyone who knew and loved Daffney Unger.
If you’re struggling with your mental health, please don’t be afraid to be a burden. Reach out for help. It saved my life. https://t.co/OInJczaaKz
— Ettore “Big E” Ewen (@WWEBigE) September 2, 2021
So heartbroken to hear of the tragic news of @screamqueendaff She was such a special person. Please look out for each other. 💔RIP Daffney
— Amy Dumas (@AmyDumas) September 2, 2021
please put prayers, love, good thoughts, and positivity towards Daffney right now
we love you and care about you @screamqueendaff
— s ü y ü n g (@realsuyung) September 2, 2021
she never let me feel like i wasn’t loved. she was the purest form of unconditional love and i am forever grateful for the years i was able to have with her.
— 𝔧𝔞𝔪𝔦𝔢 𝔰𝔢𝔫𝔢𝔤𝔞𝔩 (@thejamiesenegal) September 2, 2021
Everyone here at the CAC is deeply saddened to hear Shannon “Daffney” Spruill has passed away. We send out our sincerest condolences to her family, friends and fans around the world. Thank you for all the wonderful memories you leave behind. R.I.P. Shannon pic.twitter.com/J5EnD55lHE
— CauliflowerAlleyClub (@CACReunion) September 2, 2021
ORIGINAL: AEW and Ring of Honor have both issued statements on the tragic passing of Shannon ‘Daffney’ Spruill. AEW said,
“AEW joins the wrestling world in mourning the passing of Shannon Spruill. Our thoughts are with her family, her friends and her fans.”
AEW joins the wrestling world in mourning the passing of Shannon Spruill. Our thoughts are with her family, her friends and her fans. pic.twitter.com/mVJ1JyNgqe
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) September 2, 2021
Ring of Honor also posted the following statement:
ROH MOURNS THE PASSING OF SHANNON ‘DAFFNEY’ SPRUILL
Ring of Honor is saddened to learn that Daffney (Shannon Spruill) has died. She was 46.
Spruill worked as a wrestler, manager and valet in WCW, ROH, TNA and various independent promotions during a 16-year career that began in 1999.
Performing under the name Lucy, Spruill managed The Second City Saints (CM Punk, Colt Cabana and Ace Steel) during the early days of ROH.
Spruill made an appearance at Supercard of Honor in 2018 for the finals of the Women of Honor Title Tournament. After Sumie Sakai won the match, Spruill celebrated in the ring with her.
ROH extends its deepest condolences to Spruill’s family, friends and fans.
NOTE FROM EWN: If you are having suicidal thoughts or are considering harming yourself, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Those in the UK can get help by calling the Samaritans helpline at 116 123.