Canadian independent wrestler Scott ‘Big Cat’ Henson passes away at 40

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Scott ‘Big Cat’ Henson, a well-known figure in the Pacific Northwest independent wrestling scene, has passed away at the age of 40.

His passing was announced by Canadian Apex Wrestling on social media. The statement reads:

Canadian Apex Wrestling is deeply saddened to announce the passing of one of our Tag Team Champions and beloved friend, Scott Henson. Our hearts are heavy with grief, and we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

Scott, your impact on the Pacific Northwest wrestling community is immeasurable. You were a driving force behind the careers of many, and your contributions often went unnoticed. We love you, Scott, and your absence leaves a void that words cannot express. You will be profoundly missed.

Henson, from British Columbia, appeared regularly for several promotions in the Pacific Northwest including Boom! in Vancouver.

Bryan Alvarez of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter commented: “RIP Big Cat, so sorry to hear of his passing.”

Others in the pro wrestling world paid tribute, including Daniel Makabe, Pete Dunne and Flash Morgan Webster.

Frequent tag team partner Softpaws stated:

Today was the first day I woke up knowing I didn’t have my tag team partner, my best friend, the funniest, most outrageous and ridiculous person I’ve ever met in my life. I spent almost 24 hours straight with you and in the very few hours after we parted ways, you were gone.

Everyone always says it doesn’t feel real when they lose someone close. I now understand that. I saw you for almost a 24 hour period straight. Then in the few hours we were apart, you were gone. I don’t know how I’m going to live the rest of my life without you.

Outside the ring, Henson was a frequent contributor to popular YouTube show ‘Your Movie Sucks’. Channel host and creator Adam Johnston paid tribute to his friend:

It’s with a heavy heart that I share the news of our great friend Scott Henson having passed away. You were a greater friend than I ever could have asked for, and I’m happy to have had you in my life for the past 12 years. I’m going to miss your laughs, your jokes, your companionship, your hugs, everything.

You were such a significant part of my life, and it’s going to be difficult getting used to not having you around. I’ll be able to share more details about his passing next week, so please respect the privacy of his family at this time. If anyone in our audience has any favorite stories or memories of him, please share them. I’m going to be offline for the next couple of days, but I’ll compile those and pass them along to his family when I’m back. You always checked in on how I was feeling, and you always cared. I miss you, buddy.

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