Melissa Coates, also known as Super Genie, a former WWE wrestler, died on June 23, Wednesday, at the age of 50. WWE fans were shocked to learn of the wrestler's death and the industry's biggest stars paid their tributes to Coates.

A friend of Coates confirmed the news of her death on social media. While the cause of death has not been disclosed, Melissa was said to be suffering from health issues, and she had to have her leg amputated last year owing to blood clots.

“Just got word from Terry “Sabu” Brunk that Super Genie Melissa Coates has passed away this afternoon," the friend posted on Facebook. “I also have spoken to her brother, JR Coates, and niece, Cassi. They told me to post this sad news,” the friend continued.

“Sabu will not be taking calls and please respect their privacy at this time. Please keep them all in your thoughts and prayers,” they added.

Following the news of Melissa's death, a number of WWE stars offered touching homage to Super Genie.

Canadian professional wrestler Lauren Angelin Love posted on Twitter: “So extremely sad to hear of the passing of Melissa Coates. I have known her for years and years, she was such a sweet, wonderful, and thoughtful woman. RIP Super Genie.”

WWE Hall of Famer Auntie Betty Phoenix also wrote on Twitter: “I'm heartbroken to have learned of the passing of Melissa Coates. She was a funny, kind, and gentle soul. My condolences to her family and loved ones.”

Veteran WWE star Lance Storm also took to Twitter to express his condolences: “People always talk about Legacy, and it’s always tied to their career. Melissa Coates passed away yesterday and I haven’t seen a single thing about her career in bodybuilding or wrestling. Everyone just mentions how nice and sweet she was. That’s a hell of a legacy.”

Melissa made her pro wrestling debut in 2002 and later took the WWE stage three years later as a member of the Ohio Valley Wrestling developmental division. Killer Kowalski was said to have trained Coates.

In 2014, the former wrestler started managing Sabu as Super Genie, and she allegedly worked with him in Impact Wrestling and other organizations.

Melissa Coates
Professional Wrestler, bodybuilder, fitness model and actress Melissa Coates arrives at the International Sports Hall of Fame at the Arnold Sports Festival 2016 on March 5, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images

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