There is some sad news to report in the world of professional wrestling on Sunday night, with the manager of Bobby Heenan announcing the WWE Hall of Famer affectionately known as “The Brain” has passed away.
Heenan was 72 years old.
Heenan had battled throat cancer and tongue cancer over the years, with the health issues impacting his ability to speak.
Ric Flair, Jim Ross, “Mean” Gene Okerlund and wrestling insider Dave Meltzer were among those to pay tribute to Heenan on social media after news of his passing surfaced on social media.
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
“Saddened by the news that arrived this afternoon from Bobby Heenan’s daughter Jess, that he has passed. Bobby and his family have had to endure so much because of his health,” Okerlund wrote. “Bobby Heenan was such a great friend. You don’t replace people like that. Condolences to Cyndi, Jessica, family, friends and fans. RIP Bobby.”
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
Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Heenan during this difficult time.
Legends never die.