As noted earlier, WWE Hall of Famer Gene Okerlund revealed on Twitter that legendary wrestler and promoter of the AWA, Verne Gagne passed away at the age of 89 on Monday night.
Several pro wrestlers who knew Gagne took to Twitter and gave their reaction to the news of his passing:
On a plane and just heard the news about Verne Gagne. This one hits close and hurts. My thoughts, prayers and gratitude are with his family.— Eric Bischoff (@EBischoff) April 28, 2015
Sad to hear Verne Gagne passed away Great Wrestler & Promoter I enjoyed the AWA very much. RIP — Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) April 28, 2015