Legendary professional wrestling ringside interviewer “Mean” Gene Okerlund is dead.
The news of his death was made public World Wrestling Entertainment, WWE on Wednesday. He was 76.
The WWE star was a familiar face and voice for generations of wrestling fanatics.
He chronicled the exploits of larger-than-life figures including Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage over his nearly half-century career.
In 1984, Okerlund came into the WWE, endearing himself to a national audience as host and commentator on shows including “Tuesday Night Titans” and “Prime Time Wrestling.”
At the inaugural WrestleMania in 1985, it was the versatile Okerlund who belted out the National Anthem.
Okerlund was on the move again in 1993, joining World Championship Wrestling as lead interviewer, but in 2001 returned to WWE, where he inked a lifetime contract.
He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006, by longtime subject Hogan.
A cause of death was not released, but Okerlund has suffered serious health setbacks, including kidney transplants in 1995 and 2004.
“As an interviewer, pitch man, announcer, or host, he was untouchable. Simply the best,” tweeted “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.
“Total professional with quick wit, sarcasm, humour, and that golden voice.”
“Mean Gene,” tweeted Hogan on Wednesday, “I love you my brother.”
Nigerian politician, essayist, poet and lawyer, Fani-Kayode has taken to social media to lambaste Fr. Mbaka, stating that the cleric is an agent of the devil
This occurred moments after the latter yet again endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term in office
According to Mbaka, if God was against Buhari, he would have allowed him to die long ago when he battled his ailment
In his new year message, the clergyman said Buhari remained the best presidential candidate.
Mbaka had said;
“Among all the Presidential aspirants, Buhari stands in the best position in winning the presidential election,”
Reacting to Mbaka’s endorsement, Fani-Kayode described the cleric as an agent of Satan.
In a tweet, Fani-Kayode wrote:
“If God does not want Buhari he could have died – Father Mbaka.
“Short man devil has spoken! I am convinced beyond all reasonable doubt that this creature from the 7th circle...