During June of 2021, Don Muraco, a fellow wrestling icon, disclosed that Terry Funk had received a diagnosis of dementia and was residing in an assisted living facility. Nevertheless, news emerged on December 29, 2021, through Ric Flair’s podcast with Mark Madden, revealing that Funk had returned to his home and was on an upward trajectory.
Tragically, on August 23, 2023, at the age of 79, Terry Funk passed away, marking the end of an era in the wrestling world.
The episode of SmackDown that aired on August 25, 2023, paid tribute to both Terry Funk and Bray Wyatt, who passed away on August 24. They were remembered through tributes and behind-the-scenes footage. Additionally, the episode featured a hardcore tag team match with the same name as him, between The Brawling Brutes and the Street Profits.
CM Punk also paid tribute to Funk
Jim Cornette and Brian Last with their tribute to Funk podcast:
Terry Funk’s life and legacy are woven into the very fabric of professional wrestling. From his early upbringing in a wrestling family to his trailblazing approach to hardcore wrestling, Funk’s journey is one of passion, dedication, and a willingness to evolve with the times. His legendary matches, innovative spirit, and mentorship have left an indelible mark on the wrestling landscape.
As the years go by, Terry Funk’s legacy continues to inspire wrestlers and fans alike. His contributions have helped shape wrestling into the dynamic and diverse industry it is today. Whether in the squared circle or beyond, Terry Funk’s name stands as a testament to the enduring power of a true wrestling pioneer. RIP Terry.