Gene Okerlund dead at 76 years old
Gene Okerlund, one WWE Hall of Famer, died in grief
They call Okerlund the “Mean Gene“, died on Wednesday, January 2, 2018, as reported by WWE. He was 76 years old. At the time of this writing, Okerlund’s cause of death is still unclear. It is not clear how Okerlund dead, but he has had two kidney transplants in the past – one in 1995 and one in 2004.
Okerlund started as a radio DJ before getting a job with the Association of American wrestler in 1970. He moved to the WWF in the early 80s and WRESTLED – famously pinning Mr. Fuji in a tag team match in 1984 with Hulk Hogan.
Ventura gave Okerlund the moniker “Mean Gene,” although he regarded as one of the most friendly people in the wrestling industry.
Okerlund is one of the most recognizable names in sports entertainment. His career spans the American Wrestling Association, World Championship Wrestling, and World Wrestling Entertainment.
Okerlund as a WWE interviewer, commentator, and host since the 1980s. In his career, he worked alongside professional wrestling icons like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Andre the Giant, and Randy “Macho Man” Savage, as noted by ESPN.
Appearing on shows such as All-American Wrestling, Saturday Night Titans, and Prime Time Wrestling Wrestling Challenge, Okerlund inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame 2006. Then he appeared on WWE last time on July 25 second-year anniversary on Monday night. 22, 2018.
After Okerlund died, many have to social media to express their grief and their respect for the WWE star. For example, the vice president executive WWE, Paul “Triple H” Levesque, tweeted, “A voice and background music for the entire era of the industries of us. He is the star of several segments worth WWE’s most memorable.” He adds, “‘Mean Gene’ beloved all those who worked with him loved. Our thinking now is that this is a difficult time with his family.
Longtime wrestling referee Charles Robinson tweeted, “So sad to hear of the passing of one of the greatest voices in wrestling. We love you. And I’m very lucky to be working with you.”
“Mean Gene, my brother HH, I love you.”, Wrestler Hulk Hogan said.
Ric Flair has shared a few photos with his old Okerlund, wrote: “One of my best friends since 1972 until this very sad 2019.” He continued, “Not Only The Greatest Voice And Personality In The History Of Announcing. But a man who touched the lives of people Who Were Fortunate Enough To Know Him. Please rest in peace when knowing that no one will ever replace you.”
Kurt Angle – Very rarely an interviewer became famous and sometimes more popular than the superstar that he/she interviewed. But Gene Okerlund was that person. And I was very sad when I heard Gene died. It was an honor to know you, Gene!
Or Iron Sheik, whose real name is Hossein Vaziri, also expressed respect for Okerlund.
Especially his fans were also shocked at the departure.
Our thoughts are with Okerlund’s loved ones.