LARGO, Fla. (Heartland Newsfeed) — Legendary wrestling manager/announcer/personality Bobby “The Brain” Heenan (or “The Weasel” as co-announcer Gorilla Monsoon would insist) passed away Sunday afternoon at age 73.
Considered by many to be the best heel manager and color commentator in the business, Heenan started in pro-wrestling in the late 60s, his larger-than-life personality bringing joy to fans for four decades. Heenan became a household name thanks to his iconic 80s/early 90s WWF run when he managed the likes of Andre the Giant (who he historically accompanied to the ring at WrestleMania III), Mr. Perfect, Rick Rude, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, and many more.
Heenan, like others in WWF at the time, made the leap over to WCW in the mid-90s and was a part of their commentary team until that company went under in 2000.
Heenan was already battling throat cancer in 2004 when he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
WWE has released the following:
WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Bobby Heenan, regarded by many as the greatest manager in sports-entertainment history, has passed away at age 73.
With a career spanning more than four decades, Bobby Heenan was the “The Brain” behind some of the most prolific Superstars in sports-entertainment history. Heenan plied his trade as their mischievous manager by running his mouth on their behalf with a sarcastic wit considered among the best in the business.
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Cause of death is unknown at this time, though Heenan had serious health issues going back fifteen years.
Part of this report was written by IGN writer and Television Critics Association (TCA) member Matt Fowler.
Jake Leonard, a broadcast media and journalism veteran, is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed. Leonard is also GM and program director of Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network, wrestling editor and contributing writer for Ambush Sports, a contributing writer for My Sports Vote and Midwest Sports Network, and a former contributor to Bleacher Report and Overtime Heroics. He resides at home in Nokomis, Ill. with his dog Buster.
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