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Wrestler Balls Mahoney dies at 44

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NEW YORK – Jonathan Rechner, better known among wrestling fans as Balls Mahoney, died at the age of 44, the WWE confirmed via Twitter.

Mahoney, who was born in New Jersey, was one of the Extreme Championship Wrestling Originals, and is well known for his appearances in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

"Just heard of the passing of ECW original Balls Mahoney," tweeted WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley.  "Thinking and praying for his little boy he loved so dearly."

It's not yet clear what the cause of death was.

UPDATE: An autopsy released in August revealed the wrestler's cause of death was ruled natural, the Asbury Park Press reports. He died of a heart attack.

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