On July 16, 2001, former NWA & WCW Tag Team Champion Terry Gordy(right one in the pic) died aged just 40. Gordy began his career in 1975 as ‘Terry Mecca’, but quickly reverted to using his real name, & alongside Michael Hayes, founded The Fabulous Freebirds. The duo (later trio, after Buddy Roberts joined the group) competed as top heels in several southern NWA territories throughout the 1980′s. Gordy also found singles success, winning championships in the Southeastern, & Mid-South territories. In the early 90′s, he competed in Japan alongside Steve Williams as ‘The Miracle Violence Connection’, with the duo eventually becoming 5-time AJPW Unified Tag Team Champions. Throughout the rest of the 90′s, Gordy competed in all of the big 3 promotions, though did not last long in any of them. He passed of a heart attack caused by a blood clot.