From Chris Yandek –

Jake “The Snake” Roberts longtime friend Chris Yandek has released a statement on the passing of Jake’s father at http://www.cyinterview.com

Statement below:

I am deeply saddened to report that legendary, professional wrestler Grizzly Smith, the father of Jake “The Snake” Roberts has passed away today. There are no further details at this time. I have known Jake Roberts for eight years. I know this is a difficult time for him and his family. I extend my deepest condolences to them.