We are saddened to learn that on January 2nd, 2019, the legendary “Mean Gene” Okerlund has passed away at the age of 76. The cause of his death was not immediately revealed when the heartbreaking announcement had been made. According to his son, the cause of Gene’s passing was due to a fall that he had suffered back in December of 2018. His son Todd Okerlund had also noted that Gene was already in poor health before the fall and that the fall had caused him to break a couple of ribs. On Wednesday, January 2nd, Gene was having difficulty breathing and was escorted to a local hospital where he then passed away.
“Mean Gene” Okerlund was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame back in 2006. He is the first ever Ring Announcer to have had that honor bestowed upon him. (Rightfully so.) Gene has had quite the career spanning nearly 40 years with experience in the AWA, WCW, and the WWE. He is the most iconic voice in the sports entertainment industry. Gene has had the privilege of working hand in hand with other wrestling legends such as “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan, Andre The Giant, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, The Ultimate Warrior, “The Macho Man” Randy Savage, Sting, and more! If you were watching an interview that Gene was conducting, you were guaranteed to be entertained.
Not only did Gene get his fair share of time on the microphone, but he also spent some time getting in on some in-ring action. Who could ever forget when he teamed up with “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan. They would compete in matches together in what some people would refer to as “Gene O’Mania.” Who could forget the times that the Hulkster would say the legendary phrase “YOU KNOW SOMETHING MEAN GENE?” and then continue with the rest of what he had to say?
“Mean Gene” Okerlund was and forever will be a legend. Our hearts and condolences go out to the friends and family of Gene Okerlund.
If you would like to re-live some of the fantastic moments in “Mean Gene” Okerlund’s illustrious career, here is a video that WWE posted to their YouTube channel from Gene’s WWE HOF Induction back in 2006: VIDEO
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