Heenan was a much-loved manager for Big John Stud, King Kong Bundy and Andre The Giant during his illustrious career

The Hall of Famer was widely known as the greatest personality to ever be involved in wrestling.

Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan has died at the age of 73

Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan has died at the age of 73

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He was a much-loved manager for Big John Stud, King Kong Bundy and Andre The Giant during his illustrious career.

The cause of his death is yet to be confirmed, but he has been suffering from ill health for a number of years.

He was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2002, and had endured a series of surgeries which affected his tongue and jaw.

The fan-favourite had suffered hip and shoulder injuries after two falls since 2014, as well.

Heenan started his professional wrestling career in the 1960s, but broke into the mainstream in the 80s with his sarcasm and wit.

The WWE said in a Twitter statement: “WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Bobby Heenan has passed away at age 73.”

Tributes have flooded in after the news of ‘The Brain’s’ death from wrestlers past and present.

Legend ‘Mean Gene’ Okerland said: “Saddened by the news that arrived this afternoon from Bobby Heenan daughter Jess, that he has passed.

“Bobby and his family have had to endure so much because of his health. Bobby Heenan was such a great friend.

“You don’t replace people like that. Condolences to Cyndi, Jessica, family, friends and fans. RIP Bobby.”

Mick Foley – also known as Mankind and Cactus Jack – added: “RIP Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan.

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“One of the GREATEST and most influential personas our business has ever known.”

And SmackDown Live GM Daniel Bryan said: “Our thoughts go out to the family of Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan.

“No manager or commentator was ever better at entertaining us humanoids.”

Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/wwe/4488348/bobby-the-brain-heenan-dead-73/

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