(Memphis) Memphis Wrestling fans are mourning the loss of host and sportscaster Corey Maclin.
He died in a car crash late Tuesday night.
We’re told it was a one-car rollover that happened around 10:30 p.m. on south Interstate 55 near Sardis, Miss.
For decades, Maclin was one of the icons of Memphis wrestling. He was a wrestler, announcer and promoter for a sport he was passionate about.
Reggie B. Fine jumped into the ring taking on some of the biggest names in wrestling and he knew Maclin for more than 20 years.
“First of all, he was a cool friend. When we first met each other it was like, bam! He loved wrestling, man. If he could get into the ring himself, other than announcing, he loved that sport, man,” Fine said.
Maclin co-promoted events with WWE Hall of Famer Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler.
The two friends later became involved in a trademark lawsuit over the name ‘Memphis Wrestling.’
Lawler was out of town today, but told us by phone what Maclin meant to him and to Memphis Wrestling.
“Corey was such a vibrant personality and a fun-loving guy and always a pleasure to be around. He worked so hard in the wrestling business from commentating to putting on shows on Saturday morning, that sort of stuff,” Lawler said.
Maclin wasn’t just a promoter, he was also an on-air personality .
He recently worked as a TV sports anchor on Channel 24 and made an unsuccessful run for Shelby County Court Clerk in 2010.
Maclin was a friend of the man known as the King of Beale Street, noted musician Preston Shannon.
“He was such a hard worker, intelligent gentleman. He was a big word as far as commentating, as a wrestler himself. He had fans. I was one of his fans. He will definitely be missed,” Shannon said.
But friends says Maclin’s biggest fans were his wife and six children.
They say the only thing Maclin loved more than wrestling was the family he leaves behind, and their passion for the sport.
“He would bring those boys to the wrestling. They want to wrestle, too. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve seen C-Mack, but I’m sure going to miss him,” Fine said.
Corey Maclin was 43.