It was a sad night not only for the Ross family but all wrestling enthusiasts familiar with Jim Ross’ work when news broke of the passing of his amiable wife and mother of his two children, Jan Ross. On that fateful Monday night of March 20, 2017, Mrs. Ross had been involved in a fatal auto crash where she suffered terrible head injuries. Injuries that later led to her demise two days after.
On her way from the gym, she was knocked off her Vespa after colliding with a 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis. Unfortunately, Ross had no helmet on her head at the time; which could have increased her chances for survival, thus she died as a result of the injuries from the crash.
While Jan Ross may not be a popular face in the media, she was nevertheless the backbone to one of WWE’s finest commentators and referees. This article puts together her biography, relationship with Jim Ross and the last moments leading to her death.
Jan Ross’ Biography, Age
Jan Ross was born—Jan Grillette—in 1972, in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, the United States. Not much is known about her early life, education, parents or siblings. However, we know that Ross was good friends with several WWE superstars such as Chris Jericho, Trish Stratus, Ric Flair, Jerry Lawler, to name but a few. She was also an ardent fan of the professional American football team, Pittsburgh Steelers and was a regular audience at their matches. Jan reportedly influenced her husband into becoming a Steelers fan.
Her husband, on the other hand, was born—James William Ross—on January 3, 1952, in Fort Bragg, California. He attended Westville High School and played on the Westville baseball team. Between 1968 and 1969, Ross was a two-time all-conference football player for the Westville Yellowjackets. At the time he was also President of Westville’s Student Body and was Vice President of the Future Farmers of America for the State of Oklahoma; where he emerged State Speech Champion in 1968.
In a career that dates back to 1974, Ross’ profession has morphed from, commentator, interviewer, actor, producer, fast-food entrepreneur, boxing announcer, podcast host, and award-winning wrestling announcer. He appeared in and produced the films, Man on the Moon (1999), WWE Raw (1993) and WrestleMania XXVIII (2012). Within that time, Ross has been the recipient of several awards including, Best Television Announcer between—1988 to 1993, 1998 to 2001, 2006 to 2007, 2009 and 2012; Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 1999); WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2007); Stanley Weston Award (2002); NWA Hall of Fame (Class of 2016); and Art Abrams Lifetime Achievement Award (2010).
Salary and Net Worth
With 40+ years of wrestling commentary and writing, and notable accolades to show for it, Jan Ross’ husband has indeed built a lasting legacy in America’s wrestling space. According to sources, their collective net worth stands at $4 million. However, we’re not sure what Mrs. Ross did for a living, neither are we aware of her annual salary.
Accident and Eventual Death of Jan Ross
After hitting the gym on a regular Wednesday evening, Jan Ross was on her Vespa returning home when tragedy struck. That night, at around 09:30 pm, Ross’ was struck off her Vespa by a 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis. Both the car and the Vespa involved were reportedly engulfed in flames. The police reported that the car was driven by a 17-year-old. Following the accident, Ross was quickly rushed to a nearby hospital. She sustained multiple fractures on her skull. Unfortunately, she was not putting on a helmet at the time of the accident; which could have minimized her injuries. On Wednesday morning, Ross was put on life support and only a few hours later, she eventually passed on.
Jim took to his social media handle as he broke the sad news. What followed was an avalanche of condolence messages from famous wrestlers, WWE personalities, close friends and relatives.
Other Facts About Jim Ross Ex-Wife
1. Jan Ross was aged fifty-five at the time of her death.
2. She had been married to Jim Ross for twenty-four years (m. October 12, 1993).
3. She was a lover of cats. She owned one she named Mickey.
4. Jan formerly worked as a flight attendant for thirteen years consecutively.
5. She and her husband had met on a flight while she worked as a flight attendant back in the early nineties.
6. Jan Ross was an ardent supporter of Pittsburgh Steelers and followed their games regularly.