WWE Announcer 'Mean' Gene Okerlund Dead At 76

Brenda Watkins
January 2, 2019

And WWE pundit Sam Roberts wrote: "So sad to find out today we lost one of the greatest of all time".

He had a voice many fans of wrestling recognized immediately: Gene Okerlund, a famous announcer, has died at age 76.

WWE posted the news of Okerlund's death on their official website earlier today.

Okerlund was a long-time announcer for World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

- Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) January 2, 2019A voice and sound track to an entire era of our industry. Our thoughts are with his family at this hard time.

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It was Hogan who inducted Mean Gene into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.

Countless wrestling stars were quick to pay tribute to Okerlund, including Steve Austin.

Rest in peace, Mean Gene. Also, former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura reportedly gave Okerlund the name "Mean" Gene.

"Announcing wasn't all that Okerlund could do with a microphone, as his distinct voice sung the National Anthem at the first WrestleMania in 1985", the statement reads.

You will be so missed my condolences to your family. He even appeared in the ring as a competitor on occasion, including once with Hogan. He remained with the company for the remainder of his career, making regular appearances at Wrestlemania and hosting archival programs such as WWE Madison Square Garden Classics and WWE Network's Legends' House. I'm fortunate to have met and shared a beverage with him. My condolences to his family and friends. Mine certainly. An honor to meet him.

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