WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson has died, aged 79
The wrestling legend, who came up with the idea for the Royal Rumble, has died.
WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson has died, aged 79.
Patterson was living with cancer, and died in Florida this week.
He began wrestling in the 1950s, and joined up with WWE in the late '70s.
He became the company's first Intercontinental Champion in 1979, and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996.
Patterson came out as gay in 2014, when appearing on the show WWE Legends' House.
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Tributes are pouring in for the WWE legend with Stephanie McMahon, Jim Ross and Shane McMahon all having paid tribute already.
I can not express how crushed I feel right now with the loss of Pat Patterson. A true member of my family, mentor and dear friend.
I love you Pat.
God speed. pic.twitter.com/FdaAFnsw8m
— Shane McMahon (@shanemcmahon) December 2, 2020
Just heard of the passing this morning if the great, Pat Patterson.
True legend of the pro wrestling business.
A wonderful mentor who taught me so much.
RIP old friend. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/t61R9yCze1
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) December 2, 2020