British wrestling legend Dynamite Kid who became a huge hit with fans in the 1980s has died on his 60th birthday, it was revealed today.

The wrestler from Golborne, Lancashire, whose real name was Tommy Billington, was one half of the British Bulldogs along with his cousin Davey Boy Smith.

But the World Wresting Entertainment (WWE) star had battled various health problems in his later years and had spent the last few decades in a wheelchair following a series of injuries.

Wrestling trainer Marty Jones tweeted: 'It's with great sadness I have to inform you all that The 'Dynamite Kid' Tom Billington on his birthday has passed away. A true British ambassador for wrestling worldwide. RIP 'Kid'. Condolences to Mark and his family.'

Smith's son Davey Boy Smith Junior also said on Twitter this morning: 'It deeply saddens me to announce the passing of Tom Billington, the 'Dynamite Kid'.

'I was really happy and glad I got to see Dynamite one last time last June in the UK.
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'Dynamite was certainly an inspiration to myself and many others and really revolutionised professional wrestling as we know it today.

'He flew high, and gave it his all every match. Thanks for everything and sad to have lost another family member. Rest in peace, Dyno.'