Legendary Memphis wrestling announcer Lance Russell passed away this morning at the age of 91.
Jerry Lawler, who had worked extensively with Russell earlier in his career, announced his passing on social media. He tweeted saying, “My dear friend and greatest wrestling commentator ever, Lance Russell passed away this morning. I would have never been without him. R.I.P.”
This was following complications from a fall that had occurred late last week according to his son on Russell’s official Facebook page.
Russell was a fixture of the Southern wrestling scene, particularly in Memphis at Continental Wrestling Association where he worked with Lawler, Bill Dundee and Jimmy Hart.
Russell also worked for WCW for a few years in the early 90s before returning to Memphis and working a brief time for Smokey Mountain Wrestling. He had also appeared in the 1999 film Man On The Moon as a ring announcer.
Lance retired in 1997, leaving 40 years of legacy in his wake.
My dear friend and greatest wrestling commentator ever, Lance Russell passed away this morning. I would have never been without him. R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/bD4AlK5dsF
— Jerry Lawler (@JerryLawler) October 3, 2017