Sports Broadcasting Icon Passes Away

Sports Broadcasting Icon Passes Away
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Wrestling broadcasting icon "Mean" Gene Okerlund has passed away at the age of 76.

According to TMZ:

"Mean" Gene Okerlund -- the most famous announcer in the history of pro wrestling -- has died, WWE has confirmed.  He was 76.

Vince McMahon's company issued a statement saying, "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."

Hulk Hogan also commented ... saying, "Mean Gene I love you my brother."

Unclear how he died, but Okerlund had health problems dating back years. He had 2 kidney transplants -- the first one in 1995 and the second in 2004. 

Okerlund was inducted into the WWE hall of fame in 2006 and many current and former wrestlers have reacted to the news of the legend's passing.

 Source: American Update

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