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WWE Legend Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan Dies at Age 73

Shelby Chau / September 18, 2017

When you think back at all the the manager’s in the history of pro wrestling entertainment history, there may never be a name bigger than Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan. A legend in his own right, he managed the likes of Mr. Perfect, Arn Anderson, Ric Flair, Rick Rude, and who can forget Andre the Giant. He was also a color commentator and passed away on Sunday.

 

“Mean” Gene Okerlund put a post up on Facebook that confirmed Heenan’s death via his daughter Jess.

 

Saddened by the news that arrived this afternoon from Bobby Heenans daughter Jess, that he has passed. Bobby and his…

Posted by Gene Okerlund on Sunday, September 17, 2017

 

Other wrestling names got in a few words on social media as well:

 

 

Heenan’s ringside manner was built on a foundation of causing trouble. Great if you fought on his side, not so much if you were on the other. And his presence was more than enough to get the crowds riled up. In 1987, even though he was not an active wrestler, he was still important enough to get attention that the WWE put Heenan in Andre the Giant’s corner at WrestleMania III before he faced off against Hulk Hogan.

 

 

Heenan’s comedic timing and wit were unmatched and he is the gold standard when it comes to heel broadcasters. When Heenan was fired on an episode of RAW on December 6, 1993, he took his talents to the WCW a month later, however, he was limited to mostly broadcasting aside from a 1996 Great American Bash ‘coaching’ role, and was at the company until November of 2000.

 

In 2002, he was diagnosed with throat cancer and in recent years, had complications from jaw infections and tougue cancer. Heenan becamse a WWE Hall of Famer in 2004.

 

He was 73 when he passed away.

 

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