WWE Legend 'Mean' Gene Okerlund Passes Away At 76

2019 is starting off on a sad note for wrestling fans.

Evan Jankens
January 02, 2019 - 10:56 am

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2019 is starting off on a sad note for wrestling fans. 

WWE Hall of Famer Gene Okerlund has passed away at 76 according to WWE.com.

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.

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. 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.

Fans on Twitter quickly reacted to the very sad news.

"Mean" Gene conducted some of the best interviews wrestling fans have ever seen.