One of the most well-known names in pro wrestling history has passed away. WWE announced that Gene Okerlund has died away at the age of 76.
Okerlund was the premier voice of WWE programming back in the 1980s, known for his charismatic interview skills and colorful personality. A two-time Slammy winner, "Mean Gene" was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2016
"In his early days, 'Mean Gene', as he was named by fellow Minnesotan, Jesse 'The Body' Ventura first came to prominence by interviewing the greatest stars of the AWA, including Ventura, Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan and Hulk Hogan," WWE said in a statement. "In 1984, Okerlund made the move to WWE where he became a staple on national cable television by continuing to interview the biggest names in sports-entertainment like Hogan, 'Macho Man' Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior and many more."