Former professional wrestler and wrestling promoter Verne Gagne passed away yesterday. A cause of death has not been released, but Gagne was diagnosed with Alzheimer's related dementia a number of years ago. He was 89.
Gagne founded the Minnesota based American Wrestling Association (AWA) in the early 1960's and spent many years as the AWA World Heavyweight Champion. In my early years in Thunder Bay, we would get our American TV signals from Duluth and would see the AWA on TV. It was my first exposure to professional wrestling much to the horror of my parents.