Jimmy Rave Passes Away at Age 39

It’s being reported that James Guffey, who wrestled across the world as Jimmy Rave, has tragically passed away at the young age of 39. Rave had to retire in late 2020 due to the amputation of his left arm. He later had both of his legs amputated as well.

Rave had a 21-year-career, where he was best known for his work with Ring of Honor. During his time with ROH, Rave had top programs with Nigel McGuinness, CM Punk and the American Dragon. He was also a member of the Embassy.

His other work included a run in TNA, where he teamed with current AEW star Lance Archer as the “Rock and Rave Connection.” Outside of professional wrestling, Guffey was the Director of the Bartow County Peer Support, Wellness and Respite Center for many years, per a statement from wrestling agent Bill Behrens. The Peer Support, Wellness and Respite Center is an alternative means to give mental health assistance to those struggling that does not involve psychiatric care. The Wellness and Respite Center relies on peer support to lift up those in need rather than the more-traditional approach. It’s a very innovative program that aims to help those in need in a manner that is dignifying. Rave himself struggled quite a bit with mental health woes and a noted drug addiction. Bill Behrens statement can be read below.

Jimmy Rave had recently done an interview with Bodyslam’s Pipe Bomb Podcast. You can check that out here.

Bodyslam would like to send its sincerest condolences to the entire Guffey family and everybody who knew Jimmy Rave.