WWE Hall of Famer and "most recognizable interviewer" Gene Okerlund succumbs to death at age 76. The news arises as WWE and several of its celebrity athletes share condolences for Okerlund via Twitter.
Reportedly, Gene Okerlund's death was announced on January 2 by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE) via its official website; then again on Twitter. The organization states that Okerlund met his death at 76 years of age, after a long-standing career with the organization. However, they don't mention the cause of Okerlund's passing.
Gene Okerlund Death: WWE Superstars Share Their Thoughts
From Triple H to Steve Austin, Iron Sheik to Hulk Hogan, many WWE wrestlers have offered their condolences during this time. You won't see any comments without something amazing to say about him. It's apparent Okerlund's death rings loudly amid the sport, industry, and all its hundred millions of fans.
"A voice and sound track to an entire era of our industry," WWE athlete Triple H mentions regarding Gene Okerlund and his legacy. "He was the star of some of @WWE’s most memorable segments. 'Mean Gene' was beloved by all who got to work with him. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time."
Likewise, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin speaks highly of Okerlund in his death via Twitter.
Just heard Mean Gene Okerlund has passed away. As an interviewer, pitch man, announcer, or host, he was untouchable. Simply the best. Total professional with quick wit, sarcasm, humor, and that golden voice. Condolences to his friends and family.
Gene had an impact on the WWE organization which will never be forgotten. He's a legacy, in himself, even dating back to his entrance into the franchise.
Even as a kid, myself, I remember watching Okerlund during his many interviews and ringside commentary. While he was mild-mannered, "Mean Gene" definitely lived up to his name, if you got on his bad side and disrespected him. Real talk, Gene was't one to take any mess.
Brief History of Gene Okerlund and WWE, Prior to Death
According to the organization, Okerlund entered the scene in 1984, after his time with the American Wrestling Association (AWA). Once Gene made the switch to WWE, which was World Wrestling Federation (WWF) at the time, his voice was undeniably charismatic. Interestingly enough, Okerlund also moved over to World Championship Wrestling (WCW) for while before coming back to WWE in 2001.
Nevertheless, according to the source, the organization extends many condolences to the Okerlund family regarding his death. (Raises glass)...To "Mean Gene."