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Famed wrestling personality ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund dead at 76

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Lora Ball | 02 January, 2019, 20:00

- Bully Ray (@bullyray5150) January 2, 2019So sad to hear of the passing of one of the greatest voices in wrestling.

"Mean" Gene Okerlund passed away on Wednesday at the age of 76. At this time, details of Okerlund's death have not yet been revealed.

One of the best known announcers and interviewers in the world of professional wrestling has died.

Triple H called Okerlund and a "voice and soundtrack to an entire era of our industry". In addition to being a cast member on the WWE Network reality series Legends' House, he also served as the narrator for the animated show WWE Story Time. "Our thoughts are with his family at this hard time", Triple H tweeted.

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WWE has just confirmed legendary announcer "Mean" Gene Okerlund passed away. We can go the rest of our lives and it's highly unlikely that someone will come along who does this better than Mean Gene.

At the inaugural Wrestlemania in 1985, it was the versatile Okerlund who belted out the National Anthem. "Total professional with quick wit, sarcasm, humor, and that golden voice".

You will be so missed my condolences to your family.

Okerlund hadn't actually planned to fight, but the referee mistook Hogan's high five for a tag and sent him in the ring. He earned his "Mean Gene" nickname thanks to fellow Minnesotan, Jesse "The Body" Ventura. Mine certainly. An honor to meet him, ' added Florida Man. I am very fortunate to work with you.

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