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Junkyard Dog

Born: 1952-12-13 - Died: 1998-06-02
Cause of Death:
Car Accident

Death Summary: Sylvester Ritter (aka Junk Yard Dog) was traveling back from Wadesboro, North Carolina, where he was watching his daughter graduate. He fell asleep behind the wheel and wrecked his car on June 2, 1998. He died as a result of his injuries. Ritter’s body was laid to rest in an unmarked grave.

Who was Junkyard Dog : He was a professional wrestler and professional football player.

He is best known for his wresting days in the World Wrestling Federation. JYD always entered the ring with a chain attached to a dog collar, with the Queen song “Another One Bites the Dust” playing.

He was known for interacting with the audience, especially the younger crowd. He would often bring them into the ring after his matches and dance with them. JYD also won The Wrestling Classic tournament, which is often cited as the first WWF pay-per-view.
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  1. rosie Says:

    he was one of the greatest he will be missed

  2. charles Says:

    i went to school with jyd saw him play football in school he would hit u hard.he was my friend.good man.he was a nc high school wreslting champ also.they should have made him a WWC champ also.i know some of these guy he wrestled would not beat him.i played football with him and wrestle him in high school he was real strong.and he dose have a grave marker.i have went to his grave.there is a picture of him there also..he was the best.



  4. vaughn corbett Says:

    Jyd I was at the raw show you were gonna come to when they announced you were a member of the hall of fame, 4 corners in the ring, only 3 wrestlers occupied them, you were the 4th, congratulations, r.I.p.

  5. jr Says:

    i remember when he came to toronto back in the 80’s and i got to dance with him and do the junk yard dogg moves with him he will forever be in my heart as one of wwf greatest superstars see u when we get there.

  6. Denise Says:

    I rememeber JYD and my dad traveling back and forth to Shreveport wrestling. JYD you are greatly missed.

  7. Betina Says:

    He was one of the nicest men I have ever met.JYD I will miss you, I’ll always remember your smile.

  8. katie Says:

    katie 8 16 2009
    yo man i miss you junkyard dog

  9. JOE IBARRA Says:

    you are miss in the square cicle JYD

  10. jones Says:


  11. highlyblessed Says:

    You were the greatest.

  12. harry johnson Says:

    watched you when i was 16. great wrestler will be missed. so long

  13. josh sailor Says:

    you will always be remembered and missed.

  14. tasnim Says:

    he was areally great wrestler and an idol to every one in the world

  15. bler Says:

    hello all

  16. Kais Says:

    ur a big wrestler dawg and if there is a yard here u will be the one gaurding it RIP we will miss u dawg

  17. josh Says:

    sad why!!!!!!! do all the good ones go him then eddie then chris then umaga who next?

  18. lindsey paul Says:

    rip you are dearly missed

  19. johnny johnston Says:

    I met jyd many times when he was in Bill Watts’ mid south area. I also had the pleasure of having my picture taken with him. He was always very kind to me. I was deeply saddened to hear of his passing. I wish he were still around. You have my deepest sympathy.

  20. Diana Smith Says:

    We miss you you were the best

  21. andy denton Says:

    im truely sorry to hear about the death of the great 1 jyd he was 1 of my favorite wrestlers may he rest in peace u will always will be remembered

  22. Jamal Belcher Sr Says:

    You were and always will be my favorite wrestler. I will never forget when I won the contest to have lunch with you. That is a day I will never forget. RIP

  23. scott Says:

    he’s a great wrestler he will be dearly missed

  24. Susan B Says:

    Wanted to say that I met JYD several yrs ago and we became really good friends I miss him and hope that he in his fathers house having a wonderful time

  25. Cherub Says:

    JYD was the man. There weren’t a lot of black wrestlers that were really famous back then. I still miss him.

  26. Sam Says:

    You’re missed 🙂 RIP!

  27. john Says:


  28. Russell Harmon Says:

    Rest in Peace Junkyard dog

  29. david esch Says:

    hey sory about youer life getting cut short from an aouto accadent you are still the best

  30. david esch Says:

    i love yea and i will keep the figurine of you very well and will sharish it forever

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    hi!,I really like your writing so so much! percentage we keep up a correspondence extra approximately your article on AOL? I need an expert on this house to resolve my problem. Maybe that’s you! Taking a look ahead to look you.

  32. chris griffin Says:

    rest in peace friend roudy cole is there with you buddy.

  33. Brandon Tatum Says:

    Hey this is your biggest fan thanks for everything. RIP

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  35. Clifford T. Davis Says:

    JYD, Thanks for all the great matches and memories. (Grrrrowl).

  36. william lee Says:

    u will be missed a lot

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