WWE has lost many former superstars and legends in recent times, and today sadly another name was added to that list.
Many of the WWE Universe might not know who this star was, but WWE Hall of Fame member Verne Gagne certainly enjoyed a legendary career in wrestling.
The news that Gagne had passed away at the age of 89 was confirmed by his son, Greg, on Monday morning, and the fellow professional wrestler paid tribute to his father by explaining that he was a "special man."
Vince speaks out
It had been reported in the past that Gagne had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Following the announcement of his death, Vince McMahon led the tributes by tweeting, "Our hearts go out to Verne Gagne's family and friends."
WWE inducted Gagne into the Hall of Fame in April 2006, after a career that spanned decades and resulted in him becoming the World Heavyweight Champion on 16 different occasions.
Gagne was well known for training the house down in preparation for his matches, and he also trained some of wrestling's biggest ever legends including Ric Flair, Bob Backlaund, Curt Hennig and Rick Steamboat.
Other stars to pay their tributes via social media include legendary ex-WWE commentator Jim Ross and William Regal.
Elsewhere in WWE, Randy Orton and Roman Reigns will challenge Seth Rollins for the Heavyweight Championship at the Payback pay-per-view.
And finally, it is rumored that former champion Brock Lesnar and his advocate Paul Heyman will return to WWE TV in July.
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