The son of WWE Hall of Famer Kevin Nash, Tristen, passed away last week at the age of 26. By issuing a statement on his website that said, “On behalf of Kevin and Tamara Nash, I have to unfortunately report that their son Tristen Nash has tragically passed away at the age of 26. Tristen recently started working on Kevin’s new podcast and the two enjoyed their time together. The Nash family asks if you could please respect their privacy during this time,” Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful first disclosed the news. 

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The statement made no mention of the reason for death. Nash’s longtime friend, tag partner, and former American professional wrestler Scott Hall died earlier this year in March, and Tristen’s death was unfortunately reported on Hall’s birthday.

Who is Kevin Nash?

American professional wrestler and actor Kevin Scott Nash was born on July 9, 1959, to a devout Christian family in southwest Detroit, Michigan. Nash has Native American ancestry.

He has a legends contract with WWE. His time with World Championship Wrestling (WCW), when he competed using his real name, Kevin Nash, is what made him most famous. Additionally, he appeared in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) using his true name.

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Nash performed for the WWF from 1993 through the beginning of 1996 as Diesel, an alpha male, motorcycle thug persona (also known as Big Daddy Cool). At the Slammy Awards that year, he and Shawn Michaels won the MVP (now Superstar of the Year) and Best Tag Team (now Tag Team of the Year), respectively.

During this time, he also won the WWF World, Intercontinental, and Tag Team Championships (the WWF Triple Crown). Nash has claimed a total of 20 championships between the WWF, WCW, and TNA, including five world championships (four as the WCW World Heavyweight Champion and one as the WWF Champion) and twelve world tag team titles. Nash held the WWF Championship for the longest time in the 1990s—358 days.

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During his tenure in the WCW, Nash defeated Goldberg for the first time, snapping his 173-0 winning streak at Starrcade in 1998.

Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Scott Hall, and X-Pac were all part of the famous backstage crew known as The Kliq, which Nash was a part of. When he joined the New World Order (nWo), along with Hulk Hogan and Scott Hall, Nash reached the pinnacle of his wrestling career success at a particularly significant era of his career in WCW. Alongside Hogan, Hall, and X-Pac, Nash received individual inductions into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2015 and 2020, respectively.

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Tamara, Nash’s wife, and he were married in 1988 and later reconciled after separating in 2000. Tristen, their only son, was a musician and poet who was born on June 12th, 1996. The family lives close to Florida’s Daytona Beach. It was announced on October 20, 2022, that Tristen had died.

On March 2, 2016, Nash made the announcement that after his passing, he will donate his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation and the CTE Center at Boston University. Women’s soccer star Brandi Chastain also announced she was doing the same thing the same day the statement was made.

Nash has made no secret of his support for homosexual wrestlers in the industry.