The cause of death for Jonathan Rechner, who was better known to professional wrestling fans as Balls Mahoney, has officially been ruled to have been caused by natural causes, according to Asbury Park Press.
Rechner died suddenly on April 12, at only the age of 44, at his home in Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey.
The official cause of death was due to “hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease,” according to Charles Webster, spokesperson for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
“In other words, he had a heart attack,” Webster said.
Rechner was most known for his career in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) during the 90s, and is considered a bona fide ECW original.
A perfect fit for the hardcore style of ECW, Rechner was always a fan-favorite who commonly came to the ring with his signature steel-chair.
His signature theme song was AC/DC’s “Big Balls” which Rechner made famous in the wrestling business, inciting the crowd to always sing along in unison like few wrestlers are able to get with their entrances.
He was well known for his tag team with Axl Rotten, who also died earlier this year in February, also at the age of 44.
The two were known as “The Hardcore Chair Swingin’ Freaks,” as Rotten was a wrestler much in the same vein as Rechner — a hardcore, brawling-type pro wrestler known for his violent matches.
Rechner was among the ECW originals who was brought back in 2005 when WWE reintroduced the ECW brand, first through the One Night Stand shows, and then later as a relaunched brand with a weekly show of its own and a separate roster.
Following his release in 2008, Rechner spent the rest of his life performing on the indie scene.