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AEW in mourning as much-loved backroom staff member Brian Muster tragically dies aged 36, leaving family behind

AEW paid tribute to beloved lead video engineer Brian Muster who passed away unexpectedlyonly 36 years old

Muster died suddenly and leaves behind his fiancée and two children.

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AEW paid tribute to beloved employee Brian Muster who passed away unexpectedlyCredit: Twitter / @AEW

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the respected video engineer was among Tony Khan’s first hires once he launched his wrestling promotion in 2019 to compete with WWE.

Muster, who was affectionately nicknamed “Mongo”, previously worked with Impact Wrestling for 10 years until his departure in 2018.

AEW posted the following message: “Earlier this week, we lost a member of the AEW family when Senior Video Engineer Brian Muster, affectionately known as ‘Mongo’, unexpectedly passed away.

“In addition to being an exceptional colleague, Brian was a devoted father, fiancé and friend.

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“Many of Brian’s closest people are on our production team and we appreciate their hard work every night, but especially tonight. Thank you Brian, we will miss you.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up with an initial target of $75,000 (£66,000).

The campaign has reached its original goal and now has an updated target of $125,000 (£111,000).

AEW President Khan and superstars such as Chris Jericho, Keith Lee, Shawn Spears, Britt Baker and Darby Allin are among the page’s top donors.

Organizer Greg Werner said: “This morning we lost an incredible person who made the world a better place.

“Brian Muster passed away very unexpectedly this morning. He leaves behind his fiancée and 2 young children.

“Brian has worked on many shows over the years; the past three years he has been an integral part of creating the look of AEW Wrestling working as lead video engineer since his very first show.

“I have traveled the world with Brian from Europe and Asia to the Indian subcontinent, and he will always bring a smile to your face with his personality, smile and zest for life.

“I was lucky enough to watch him grow from a teenager just getting started in the TV business to one of the nation’s elite video engineers, and everyone who met Brian loved him. .

“He will be greatly missed and I hope you find the time to say a prayer and/or make a donation of any size to this fund to provide financial support for his family and his future.”