British wrestling star Kurtis ‘Mad Kurt’ Chapman has died aged 26.
Revolution Pro Wrestling confirmed the young athlete’s death today, describing the tragedy as a ‘massive loss to the UK wrestling scene’.
The pro wrestler, who kicked off his career back in 2014, quickly became known for his comedic style in the ring and his tongue-in-cheek online persona.
Tributes have poured in for the Portsmouth-based sportsman who was once described as ‘one of the most gifted technical wrestlers’.
A cause of death for the wrestler, described as a ‘charismatic’ and ‘magnetic’ character, is yet to be confirmed.
British pro wrestler Kurtis ‘Mad Kurt’ Chapman has died aged 26, it has been announced
Tributes were paid to Mad Kurt from several of Britain’s leading wrestling organisations
Sharing the sad news on social media, Revolution Pro said: ‘We, at Revolution Pro Wrestling are absolutely heartbroken to report the loss of our dear friend Kurtis Chapman.
‘We watched Kurtis grow from a child to a young man who loved professional wrestling and continued to excel in all aspects of his life.
‘One of the most gifted technical wrestlers, charismatic characters and magnetic personalities. He will never be forgotten.’
Chapman began his career at just 17-years-old competing in PROGRESS Wrestling and IPW amongst others.
He went on to won the RevPro Wrestling British Cruiserweight Title and held the championship from December 2017 to May 2018.
The wrestler’s final match took place in June 2023 when he successfully defended his Resurgence Arthouse Championship.
Chapman’s death has sent shockwaves around the wrestling community, with professional wrestler ‘Big Wavy’ Roy Johnson writing on X: ‘Awful news. Kurtis was such a character and so fun to be around. RIP.’
PROGRESS Wrestling also paid tribute to the wrestler, adding: We are absolutely devastated to hear about the passing of Kurtis Chapman otherwise known to fans as Mad Kurt.
‘Our hearts go out to all of his family and friends. BritWres will never be the same without him.’
TNT Extreme Wrestling wrote: ‘Everyone at TNT extends their deepest condolences to the loved ones of Kurtis Chapman, better known as Mad Kurt.
‘Kurtis was not just a well-respected performer but a dear friend. We will miss not just him but the laughter and light he brought to all of us dearly.’
Resurgence, who hosted Mad Kurt’s last fight with the Arthouse Championship show in Leicester, wrote: ‘Everyone at Wrestling Resurgence is devastated to hear the news about Kurt.
‘Kurt represented everything that was great about wrestling, both sides of the curtain.
‘Our deepest condolences to everyone affected by this loss. RIP Kurt.’
Chapman was described as a ‘charismatic character’ with a magnetic personality
Chapman won the RevPro Wrestling British Cruiserweight Title and held the title to May 2018
Portsmouth-born Chapman was a regular on the British wrestling circuit since he started in his teens, with prominent appearances at RevPro events.
He also found his way to Progress, IPW, MDRN NMD NORTH, TNT, Purpose Wrestling and Resurgence, among many other wrestling companies in the country.
His entertaining style and strong technical wrestling ability made him a draw for fans across Britain.
A cause of death was not immediately confirmed.