Melissa Coates, known to professional wrestling fans as the “Super Genie,” passed away on Wednesday June 23 at the age of 50.
The Cauliflower Alley Club confirmed Coates’ death in a tweet late Wednesday night. A cause of death was not officially released.
Everyone here at the CAC is deeply saddened to hear the news that Super Genie Melissa Coates has passed away. We send out our sincerest condolences to her family, friends and fans. May they find comfort in the memories left behind during this most difficult time. R.I.P. Melissa. pic.twitter.com/mD77rvsFyO
— CauliflowerAlleyClub (@CACReunion) June 24, 2021
Coates was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario and gravitated towards several sports in her formative years. Before professional wrestling, Coates was a professional bodybuilder and won the Jan Tana Classic in 1996, a year after turning pro.
After dabbling in modelling and TV, Coates entered professional wrestling, training at Killer Kowalski’s school in 2002. After a run in WWE’s Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) developmental system in Louisville from 2005 – 2007, Coates worked in the independent circuit, developing characters like “The Bag Lady.” She became former ECW star Sabu’s valet in 2014 as “The Super Genie.”
As the “Super Genie,” Coates traveled with Sabu around the world performing on independent shows until hip surgery sidelined Sabu for a period in 2016.
Coates wrote several stories as a columnist for MMA Crossfire from 2014 – 2018, including The Super Genie Diary, a column where Coates shared her experiences on the road.
“She was a good person who was always striving to better herself,” MMA Crossfire Editor-in-Chief Kenai Andrews said. “Melissa was fun to be around and had a charisma that would catch your eye. She was serious about her craft, but always had time to talk or help somebody.”
“It’s tragic that she was only 50 years old,” Andrews added. “The bodybuilding and professional wrestling communities especially are devastated right now.”
In late 2020, Coates was admitted to the emergency room at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas, where blood clots in her leg were spreading. Her left leg was amputated from above the knee down to prevent the blood clots from spreading and to save her life. A GoFundMe page was launched to help defray Coates’ medical bills.
Coates recently shared a recent tweet celebrating her birthday with her partner Sabu.
— The Super Genie (@RealSuperGenie) June 19, 2021
The Coates family includes her partner Sabu, parents Robert and Betty Coates, her sister Mary Beth, and two brothers J.R. and David.
More information is expected to be released in the following days. Fans looking to donate can visit Coates GoFundMe page.