Mills Lane cause of death is not made public yet. However, his son did reveal that he was being taken care of at the hospital.
On Tuesday morning, November 6, 2022, in Reno, Nevada. Mills Lane, a famed boxing referee known for using the phrase “Let’s get it on,” passed away at age 85.
Surrounded by his wife, Kaye, and two sons, Tommy and Terry, he passed away at home.
Although he didn’t specify the cause of death, Lane’s son told the Reno Gazette-Journal that he had been receiving hospice care for the previous week. Twenty years ago, Lane suffered a severe stroke.
Lane had a stroke in 2002, and according to his son Tommy, his condition had recently gotten significantly worse before he entered hospice care on Friday.
‘You had no idea how much time he had. Although there is no such thing as preparing for this, we kind of felt like we were all along prepared for this.’ Tommy Lane stated.
‘He took a significant decline in his overall situation,’ Tommy Lane told the outlet. ‘It was a quick departure. He was comfortable and he was surrounded by his family.’
‘We will all mourn him, but there is some satisfaction that he is no longer imprisoned in that state,’ Lane added.
There won’t be a funeral, but the family may organize a memorial service later. According to Lane’s son Tommy, Mills Lane hated funerals.
In Nevada, Lane worked as a prosecutor before becoming a judge. From the 1970s through the 1990s, he also officiated boxing matches.
In the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, he presided over some of the biggest fights, including contests involving Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Muhammad Ali, Riddick Bowe, and Lennox Lewis.
In the historic second match between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield in 1997, in which Tyson bit Holyfield’s ear off, he served as the referee and rapidly rose to fame.
Lane became an icon in the claymation satire Celebrity Death Match on MTV, where he played the referee.
He resigned from his position as a judge to star in the reality TV show “Judge Mills Lane,” in which Lane acted as an arbitrator.
The show aired from 1998 to 2001 for three seasons.
Mills Lane, a former boxer who later became a lawyer, officiated over 100 world championship fights.
ESPN ringside tweeted, ‘Mills Lane, a Hall of Fame referee who presided over more than 100 championship fights, including the Mike Tyson-Evander Holyfield Bite Fight, passed away on Tuesday morning at his Reno, Nevada, home, his son Terry Lane confirmed to ESPN. He was 85.’
Tributes were sent his way
Many individuals offered their deepest condolences to his family and expressed how dearly they adored him. The news of this death saddened his admirers and supporters.
Mills Lane was a great guy, a super referee, and good friend. On the night of the “Bite Fight” @MikeTyson was disqualified for biting @holyfield ears Mills was the man in the middle, and did an outstanding job. May God rest his soul. We will all miss him. https://t.co/kxueYVy7i7— Jim Gray (@JimGrayOfficial) December 6, 2022
‘RIP Mills Lane,’ tweeted Historic Boxing.
‘R&B You have to be there, rest in peace Mill Lane,’ Mari wrote in a tweet.