Ed Farhat Jr., the oldest son of “The Sheik,” died this morning, March 22, 2021, due to complications from COVID-19. He was 71 years old.
The news was shared this morning by Kari Farhat, the widow of Tom Farhat, the other son of Joyce and Ed Farhat.
Farhat Jr. battled many health issues in recent years, including receiving dialysis treatments multiple times each week.
The Sheik was not only a notorious villain around the globe, but he was also the promoter of the Detroit, Michigan, Big Time Wrestling promotion.
“We were in Toledo. I kept teasing him that we should get in the ring together. He said that too many people knew that I was his son. I told him that he was just afraid that I was going to beat the heck out of him. Bobo (Brazil) and I wrestled Dad and Bulldog Don Kent, and we sold the place out. But the first time we locked up, I potatoed him. I was so scared and so nervous. He said, ‘Tag out, you’re killing me!’ It was the only time I ever got in the ring with him. It was a great experience, but I hurt him so bad he wouldn’t talk to me for days. He was a great guy. He loved the business. He lived it and he had a passion for it.”
Many know Farhat Jr. / Captain Ed George from the film I Like to Hurt People.
Farhat Jr. told Mooneyham about the things he learned from his father.
“We had a good time. He taught me a lot about this business,” said Farhat Jr. “I decided I had to find out what it was like to do what he did. I took four years of my life and got in the ring myself. It was a fun experience, but it was just too much. I don’t know how he did the traveling, the wrestling, the booking. I knew when it was time for me to get out of the ring. At the end of my career, people started getting smart to what was going on. I was the babyface, but for the last six months of my career, they started booing me. They knew who I was, so I thought maybe it was time I left.”
— with files from Greg Oliver