Former wrestler and bodybuilder Nicole Bass has died at the age of 52.

Bass, who appeared in both WWE and ECW wrestling companies, was taken to hospital earlier this week after reportedly suffering a large stroke, and her partner, Kristen Marrone, posted a lengthy statement on Bass’s Facebook page in the early hours of Friday morning to confirm that the former wrestler had died.

Marrone paid tribute to Bass, who made her professional wrestling debut for ECW in 1998 after an illustrious bodybuilding career, and joined the WWE in March 1999 before leaving the company soon after.

Bass made her WWE debut in 1999 as a bodyguard for wrestling star Sable.

Bass also starred in a number of pornography films from 1997 until 2000.

Bass’s husband of 28 years, Bob Fuchs, died in May 2013 after he suffered a heart attack, and Bass posted a picture in May 2016 of herself in hospital, but refused to say why as the included in the caption “It’s private!”.