Legendary professional wrestling ringside interviewer “Mean” Gene Okerlund has died, World Wrestling Entertainment announced Wednesday. He was 76.
Okerlund was a familiar face and voice for generations of wrestling fanatics, chronicling the exploits of larger-than-life figures including Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage over his nearly half-century career.
According to a report, Okerlund died weeks after taking a nasty tumble at his Florida home that left him with several broken ribs. The pro-wrestling Hall of Famer was already in poor health but he drastically declined following the fall in December, his son Todd Okerlund told TMZ Sports.
Four days before his death, Okerlund was admitted to a nursing home but had problems breathing. He was rushed to a hospital on Thursday, where he died with his wife Jeanne at his side.
“We lost a wrestling legend on the microphone. The incomparable “Mean Gene” Okerlund,” wrote The Rock.
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