|Birth name||John Lagey|
|Born||20 April 1920|
|Died||19 January 1994 (aged 73)|
Peckham, London, England
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Johnny Kwango|
Lagey was a ballet dancer in The Ballet Negres, the first all-black dance company in Europe. His mother was a strongwoman in a German circus, and may have been possibly Europe's first female professional wrestler.
Professional wrestling careerEdit
Kwango wrestled from the late 1940s to the 1980s, and was famous for his head-butt moves. He achieved fame in Britain through televised matches on ITV, but also enjoyed popularity in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He also worked as a referee during the 1980s.
Lagey was an accomplished drummer and pianist, playing in various nightclubs in London with his brother, Cyril, who was a musician with the comedy orchestra known as Sid Millward & His Nitwits. Lagey's older brother, Butcher Johnson, was also a wrestler. Lagey's hobbies included photography, cars, amateur radio, and collecting jazz records. He lived in Peckham and died of cancer at the age of 74. He was survived by his six children.