We have our first main celeb dying of 2019.
According to the WWE, beloved announcer “Mean” Gene Okerlund is now not with us.
The legendary brodcaster, who carried out a number of the best-known interviews in firm historical past with such stalwarts as Hulk Hogan and Randy “Macho Man” Savage, was 76 years outdated.
In its assertion, the WWE didn’t say precisely when or how Okerlund handed away, merely writing as a tribute:
“WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Gene Okerlund, the most recognizable interviewer in sports-entertainment history, has passed away at age 76.”
Okerlund was given his nickname by the previous Minnesota Governor Jesse “The Body” Ventura, who was additionally an announcer with the group earlier than stepping into politics.
He bought his begin at Omaha radio station KOIL earlier than shifting to Minneapolis, the place he labored for a neighborhood TV station and finally discovered work with the WWE in 1983.
Okerlund truly carried out the National Anthem on the first WrestleMania in 1985 and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.
His final appeared on Monday Night Raw happened in January of 2018, throughout which period he interviewed AJ Styles.
As information of Okerlund’s dying unfold across the Internet, quite a few stars (previous and current) despatched alongside their tributes and finest needs.
Just a few notable examples:
A voice and sound monitor to a whole period of our business. He was the star of a few of @WWE’s most memorable segments. “Mean Gene” was beloved by all who started working with him. Our ideas are along with his household at this troublesome time.
Mean Gene I like you my brother.
So unhappy to listen to of the passing of one of many best voices in wrestling. Mean Gene you’ll be missed and we are going to proceed to like you. What a real class act. I’m very lucky to work with you.
The Iron Sheik:
RIP MY BROTHER GENE MEAN. YOU PUT ME OVER LIKE NOBODY. I LOVE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SINCE THE MINNESOTA. GIVE MY BROTHER NIKOLAI BUG HUG. GOD BLESS YOU. CAMERA MAN ZOOM IT.
I MAKE THE GENE MEAN LAUGH SO HARD HERE HE TELL ME I MAKE HIM CRY. HE HELP ME WHEN I DONT REMEMBER THE JABRONIS NAMES I WRESTLE. I LOVE YOU BROTHER.
The voice of my youth. Condolences to his family and friends.
Extremely unhappy information to listen to of the unlucky passing of Mean Gene Okerlund. One of probably the most iconic interviewers and personalities of my childhood, and one of many perfect within the enterprise.
Again, the reason for dying is unknown presently, Okerlund had two kidney transplants previously; one in 1995 and the opposite in 2004.
We ship our condolences to his buddies, relations and family members.
May Gene Okerlund relaxation in peace.