It’s a sad day for wrestling fans. WWE Hall of Famer and interviewer Gene Oklerlund has passed away at the age of 76.
WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Gene Okerlund, the most recognizable interviewer in sports-entertainment history, has passed away at age 76. https://t.co/DyPiEiVLoV
— WWE (@WWE) January 2, 2019
Gene was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006 by none other than Hulk Hogan. According to NBC News, he was given the nickname “Mean Gene” by wrestler Jesse “The Body” Ventura. He began focusing on wrestling in 1970 and joined the WWE in 1984.
Mean Gene I love you my brother HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) January 2, 2019
A voice and sound track to an entire era of our industry. He was the star of some of @WWE’s most memorable segments. “Mean Gene” was beloved by all who got to work with him. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. https://t.co/9ddj6372eE
— Triple H (@TripleH) January 2, 2019