He was Tor Okerlund said his father, who had received three kidney transplants, fell a few weeks ago "and it just kind of went from bad to worse. Okerlund stood next to Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Randy "Macho Man" Savage, Andre the Giant, the Ultimate Warrior and many others from the mid- to lates and teed up the stars of that era to deliver some of their most memorable promos. In the mids, Okerlund moved to rival WCW and stood in the ring as garbage rained down upon Hogan as he formed the nWo. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.
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He is widely regarded as one the most popular professional wrestlers of all-time, and is considered to be the most popular wrestler of the s. There, his persona as a heroic all-American helped usher in the s professional wrestling boom , where he headlined the first nine editions of WWF's flagship annual event, WrestleMania. During his initial run, Hogan also won the WWF Championship five times , with his first reign holding the record for the second-longest in company history. Additionally, he is the first wrestler to win consecutive Royal Rumble matches, winning in and
Eugene Arthur Okerlund December 19, — January 2, , better known by his ring name "Mean" Gene Okerlund , was an American professional wrestling interviewer , announcer and television host. Okerlund also worked in Minneapolis for a local television station in the front office. Okerlund left the radio industry for a position at the American Wrestling Association AWA in , where he occasionally filled in for ailing ring announcer and interviewer Marty O'Neill, eventually becoming O'Neill's permanent replacement by the end of the decade. In , Okerlund and Hulk Hogan faced Mr. Fuji and George Steele in Minneapolis.