According to Pittsburg’s Action News 4, “Jumping” Johnny DeFazio passed away yesterday at the age of 80 following a battle with cancer over the recent years.
DeFazio’s professional wrestling career during the 1960’s and into the 1970’s.
DeFazio was a huge babyface in various territories which included Spectator Sports and Capitol Sports, which eventually became the WWWF (World Wide Wrestling Federation), then later the WWF.
During his time in the WWWF, he won the International Tag Team Championship with Geeto Mongol and was a four-time Jr. Heavyweight Champion.
After retiring from professional wrestling, DeFazio shifted into politics where he was a longtime member and former President of Allegheny County Council.
From the entire staff at Wrestleview, we send our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Johnny DeFazio during this difficult and sad time.
Statement from ACLC President @Darrinkellypgh:
“We are sad to learn that John DeFazio has passed away. John was a dedicated public servant, a union leader & a Vice President of our Labor Council, & a lifelong champion for working families in western Pennsylvania… (1/2) pic.twitter.com/vdiyWFu9aG
— Allegheny-Fayette Central Labor Council (@AlleghenyLabor) February 26, 2021
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of my esteemed predecessor, The Honorable John DeFazio. He dedicated so much of his time to serving Allegheny County, and he will be truly missed. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this time. pic.twitter.com/sSkHwUAFs8
— Bethany Hallam (@bethanyhallam) February 26, 2021