“Mean” Gene Okerlund’s son says the legendary WWE announcer passed away this week after his health began to decline following a bad fall at home.
Todd Okerlund told TMZ his father suffered multiple broken ribs during a fall at home last month in Florida. Gene had apparently been in bad health for awhile and this worsened his condition.
“Mean” Gene was admitted to a nursing home days before his death, but on Wednesday he began having trouble breathing and was rushed to a hospital where he passed.
Todd told TMZ his family has been touched by the outpour of support from the wrestling community.
Vince McMahon tweeted about Okerlund’s passing last night and said, “It was impossible not to crack a smile whenever ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund entered a room. He was the voice behind so many of WWE’s most iconic and entertaining moments, and the WWE family will miss him immensely.”
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R.I.P. “Mean” Gene Okerlund.