Tributes have poured in for "Mean" Gene Okerlund, after the most famous interviewer in wrestling history died earlier today aged 76. No cause of death was given.
Okerlund was well known for his sharp questioning while working for wrestling promotions WWE and WCW in the 1980s and 1990s.
Other mammoth names from the world of professional wrestling like Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, and Ric Flair each made a point to send along a heartfelt message for the recently departed WWE Hall of Famer. He was the star of some of @WWE's most memorable segments. The ref mistook their high-five for a tag, meaning Okerlund was forced to wrestle and ended up pinning Mr. Fuji.
"WWE extends its condolences to Okerlund's family, friends and fans", the company commented.
"Mean Gene", tweeted Hogan on Wednesday, "I love you my brother".
In a career spanning over five decades, Okerlund established himself in the wrestling industry as one of its finest ever interviewers and presenters.
Okerlund's last WWE appearance came on January 22, 2018, when he appeared on the 25th anniversary of "Monday Night Raw" and interviewed then-WWE champion AJ Styles.
"Mean Gene became nearly as powerful as the show".
Okerlund returned to the WWE in 2001, where he would stay for the rest of his career.
"Mean Gene was the voice of millions of childhoods".
"Jesse and I were talking on the air in Minneapolis with the AWA", Okerland recalled in an interview with Sports Illustrated's Justin Barrasso in 2017. "That's all you need.' There were a few bucks involved, so I dived in", Okerlund said. "An honor to meet him".