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WWE stars have paid tribute to 'Mean' Gene Okerlund after he passes away aged 76

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WWE this afternoon revealed the sad news that 'Mean' Gene Okerlund has passed away at the age of 76.

Okerlund was arguably the most famous voice in the history of WWE, interviewing iconic superstars such as Hulk Hogan, Andre The Giant, Ultimate Warrior and Randy Savage.

And of course, Hogan's famous 'Well let me tell you something Mean Gene' was directed at Okerlund and became a staple ever since that day.

Okerlund was a versatile broadcaster, stepping from backstage to ringside, even singing the national anthem of the United States at the first-ever WrestleMania in 1985.

Gene jumped ship to WCW in 1993 before the Monday Night Wars truly kicked in, but did eventually return to WWE for sporadic appearances.

His last WWE appearance came in January 2018, where he interviewed AJ Styles at Raw's 25th anniversary special before he defended his WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.

Tributes have poured in around the world for 'Mean' Gene Okerlund.

WWE stars past and present have been paying tribute to the upsetting news on Twitter, where Hogan has simply stated 'Mean Gene I love you my brother'.

Fellow WWE Hall of Famer The Iron Sheik has also tweeted out a supportive message, saying 'RIP MY BROTHER GENE MEAN. YOU PUT ME OVER LIKE NOBODY. I LOVE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SINCE THE MINNESOTA. GIVE MY BROTHER NIKOLAI BUG HUG. GOD BLESS YOU. CAMERA MAN ZOOM IT'.

Superstars of the current day have also posted messages, such as Samoa Joe who stated: 'Of the very few regrets I harbor in my career, one was never getting to scream "Mean Gene" when answering the queries of a man who presence was larger than life and ingrained in the better memories of my childhood.
RIP Mean Gene.
My condolences to the Okerlund family.'

Former WWE commentator Jim Ross posted his condolences as well, posting a picture of himself and Gene together at a recent event just less than two months ago.

And Triple H said it best of all by stating that Okerlund was the 'soundtrack to an entire era of the industry'.

Rest in peace, Gene.

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