WWE's 'Mean' Gene Okerlund Has Passed Away Aged 76

R.I.P. “Mean” Gene Okerlund, legendary WWE commentator has died at 76

R.I.P. “Mean” Gene Okerlund, legendary WWE commentator has died at 76

He had a voice many fans of wrestling recognized immediately: Gene Okerlund, a famous announcer, has died at age 76.

While a cause of death has yet to be released, Okerlund battled kidney issues during his adult life, eventually needing to undergo two transplants, one in 1995 and another in 2004.

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Okerlund's three-plus decade career in wrestling saw him become a key figure for Vince McMahon as McMahon took his then-WWF promotion national in the mid-1980s thanks in large part to the launch of WrestleMania. Additionally, he hosted shows including All-American Wresting and Tuesday Night Titans.

After almost a decade with the WWF, Okerlund joined Ted Turner's World Championship Wrestling in 1993 where he served in a similar capacity.

It was Ventura who gave Okerlund his nickname of "Mean Gene".

Everyone at Cultaholic extends our condolences to Okerlund's family and friends at this time.

Many tributes to Okerlund have since been posted online.

The WWE announced Okerlund's passing Wednesday morning. "Total professional with quick wit, sarcasm, humor, and that golden voice". "Condolences to his friends and family".

Ligero - "Extremely sad news to hear of the unfortunate passing of Mean Gene Okerlund".

Hulk Hogan also commented. saying, "Mean Gene I love you my brother". "He was the star of some of WWE's most memorable segments", WWE executive vice president Paul "Triple H" Levesque said on Twitter on Wednesday. "Our thoughts are with his family at this hard time", Triple H tweeted.

Florida Man tweeted: "Mean Gene was the voice of millions of childhoods". I'm fortunate to have met and shared a beverage with him.

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