Legendary wrestling color commentator and manager Bobby Heenan died Sunday at 73.
Former wrestling broadcaster “Mean” Gene Okerlund posted on Facebook that Heenan’s daughter, Jess, confirmed Heenan’s death.
Heenan is arguably the greatest manager in wrestling history. His list of clients is a who’s who of legends: Andre the Giant, Rick Rude, Harley Race, Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Mr. Perfect and Nick Bockwinkel.
Heenan not only bent the rules of wrestling to help his client in the ring, but his mere presence alone was enough for the crowd to vociferously boo anybody. The fact WWE partnered Andre the Giant with Heenan before his match with Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania III in 1987 emphasized how important he was to the company despite not being an active wrestler.
Demonstrating his nearly unparalleled wit and comic timing, Heenan set the standard for heel broadcasters as well when he moved to the commentary table. Especially when he partnered with Gorilla Monsoon, Heenan was routinely a highlight of Prime Time Wrestling or a pay-per-view broadcast.
After he put up with Heenan’s mock insults for years, it was fitting when Monsoon fired Heenan during the Dec. 6, 1993, edition of Raw.