Debbie Eaton Lewis, his sister, confirmed his death via a Facebook post.
Eaton fought in multiple territories of the National Wrestling Alliance during the '70s, '80s, before becoming nationally known with World Championship Wrestling. Over the years, he teamed up with many partners, including Stan Lane and Dennis Condrey, to create the Midnight Express.
Eaton was a champion in singles and tag teams, as well as a number of other promotions. He wrestled through the 2010s.
Donna Eaton, his wife died June 26th at the age 57. His reputation as one of the most genuine-life gentleman in the business was well-known. Many celebrities, current and past, expressed condolences via social media.
Bobby Eaton is the most important person to have studied pro wrestling. And understand just how special he was in the ring," said WWE superstar Adam "Edge" Copeland on Twitter. He was a great person every time I met him outside of the ring.