WWE Legend ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund Passes Away At 76

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DETROIT (97.1 The Ticket) -- 2019 is starting off on a sad note for wrestling fans. 

WWE Hall of Famer "Mean" Gene Okerlund -- lauded as the most recognizable interviewer in professional wrestling history -- has passed away at 76, according to WWE.com.

"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," WWE wrote. "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."

Okerlund conducted some of the most memorable interviews wrestling fans have ever seen.

The sad news led to an outpouring of condolences on Twitter.

By Evan Jankens