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Bobby "The Brain" Heenan Has Passed Away

WWE Hall of Famer Bobby "The Brain" Heenan has passed away at the age of 73. The news was broken by Jim Ross on Twitter and later confirmed by the WWE on its website. No cause of death was revealed.

Heenan was one of the best managers in the industry, leading Nick Bockwinkel early on in his career to multiple reigns as AWA Champion, while also guiding him to several reigns as tag team champion in the promotion.

But it was in the WWE—then known as the the WWF—that Heenan found the greatest notoriety. His "Heenan Family" consisted of some of the best talents of the 1980s and 1990s, including the likes of Big John Studd, Andre The Giant, King Kong Bundy, Harley Race, Arn Anderson, and Lex Luger through the years.

Under him, Ric Flair won his only  two WWE Championship, while both Rick Rude and Mr. Perfect attained Intercontinental Champion status. He also managed both the Brain Busters (Anderson and Tully Blanchard) and the Colossal Connection (Andre and Haku) to Tag Team Championship gold. After retiring from managing duties, he moved on to a memorable career as WWE's first "broadcast journalist" in partnership with Gorilla Monsoon, before finally winding down his career in WCW.

From all of us at the Smark Henry Offices, we'd like to send our thoughts and prayers to everyone whose lives were ever touched by the legendary Bobby Heenan.


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