One of wrestling’s biggest names is gone. Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, a Hall of Famer, manager, and announcer has passed away at 73.
One of the first to note “The Brain’s” passing was WWE commentator Jim Ross who sent out a tweet Sunday saying that the Heenan’s death “gutted him.”
“No one ever did it better than the Wease,” Ross added:
The news of Bobby "The Brain" Heenan's passing today gutted me.
I loved our time together.
No one ever did it better than the Wease.
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) September 17, 2017
Heenan had been suffering from throat cancer since 2002, but had only recently stopped making personal appearances, according to TMZ.
All day Sunday tributes poured in on Twitter.
The WWE itself sent out an announcement via Twitter:
— WWE (@WWE) September 17, 2017
Bruce Prichard, known to wrestling fans as “Brother Love,” wrote on Twitter that it was “Hard to find words” for the loss:
Hard to find words. R.I.P. Bobby Heenan. He was a father, brother, mentor and friend to me. Talent personified. I will miss you my friend pic.twitter.com/cVf9RTkVZj
— Bruce Prichard (@bruceprichard) September 17, 2017
Hall of Famer Ric Flair called Heenan one of the greatest in the business:
Bobby Heenan… The Greatest Manager, One Of The Greatest Announcers, And One Of The Best In-Ring Performers In The History Of The Business
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) September 17, 2017
Ted DiBiase, also a Hall of Famer, expressed his prayers for Heenan’s wife, Cindy:
Bobby Heenan died today and it has left me very sad. He was the best of the best in the biz and a friend. RIP Bobby. Praying for you Cindy pic.twitter.com/T8wuFAYuST
— Ted DiBiase (@MDMTedDiBiase) September 17, 2017
Former WWE announcer Sean Mooney insisted that “no one did it better” than Heenan:
Such sad news. So grateful to have worked with wrestling's clown prince. He did it all and no one did it better. RIP Bobby Heenan pic.twitter.com/wku2notF2H
— Sean Mooney (@SeanMooneyWho) September 17, 2017
There were many, many more and more are sure to come as wrestling fans learn of the news.
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