- WWE has confirmed the death of Hall of Famer, Gene Okerlund
- Okerlund died aged 76 with the cause of his death yet to be established
- He has, however, had 2 kidney transplants -the first one in 1995 and the second in 2004
WWE has announced the death of legendary announcer 'Gene Mean' Okerlund. The renowned WWE commentator died at the aged 76 on Wednesday, January 2.
In a statement confirming the death of Okerlund, WWE described the Hall of Famer as “the most recognizable interviewer in sports-entertainment history.”
"WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Gene Okerlund, the most recognizable interviewer in sports-entertainment history, has passed away at age 76," the statement said in part.
He began his punditry career as a ring-side reporter for the AWA, interviewing early wrestling stars including Hulk Hogan, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, and Jesse “The Body” Ventura.
Okerlund, who was fondly known as 'Mene Gene' rose to prominence following his move to the WWE (then known as WWF) in 1984.
Aside from his role as WWE’s top interviewer, he also hosted various programs including, All American Wrestling and Tuesday Night Titans.
Despite his otherwise huge presence in WWE, Gene did not actively participate in the ring, having only one victory to his name in 1984.
At the time, he, alongside Hulk Holgan squared off Fuji and George Steele in a tag-team match that Gene played a pivotal part in.
He quit WWE much later, before making a grand return in 1993 to much fanfare, as he went on to be inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.