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Gene Okerlund

Gene Okerlund

Born:
11/29/1942
,
Brookings, South Dakota
Birthname:
Eugene Arthur Okerlund
Height & Weight:
5'9"
,
213 Ib

Titles Won:

  • Slammy Award for Best Commentator (1986)
  • Slammy Award for Best Head (1987) with Bam Bam Bigelow
  • WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2006)

“Mean” Gene Okerlund, was an American professional wrestling interviewer, announcer and television host. He was best known for his work in the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling.

Okerlund was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006 by Hulk Hogan. He was signed to a lifetime contract with WWE and worked for promotional programs, mostly WWE Network programming and, occasionally, the TV series.

Okerlund died on the morning of January 2, 2019, at the age of 76 in a Sarasota, Florida hospital. This was later confirmed on WWE social media and its official website later that day.

It was revealed by his son, Todd Okerlund, that he had received three kidney transplants and had suffered a fall which caused his health to deteriorate in the weeks leading up to his death. Condolences were sent by fellow WWE superstars and alumni on all social media including: Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Iron Sheik, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, among many others.