In 2015, the WWE was forced to say goodbye to a number of former wrestlers who sadly passed away and, unfortunately, the organization is today mourning the loss of another former star just three weeks into 2016.
That's after the WWE announced late on Monday that "Iron" Mike Sharpe has passed away at the age of 64. The cause of death is unclear at this stage, however Wrestlezone notes he had been "battling numerous health issues as of late."
Sharpe was at his peak in the 1980s and '90s and wrestled for the then WWF between 1983-1995. The WWE have issued an official statement, which can be read in part below, whilst stars, past and present, have paid their respects.
"WWE is saddened to learn that Michael Sharpe, known to WWE fans as "Iron" Mike Sharpe, has passed away at age 64," the statement on WWE.com begins.
The statement goes on to describe Sharpe's career, noting the Canadien's family ties with the sports entertainment business as well as his dedication to both WWF and New Japan Pro Wrestling over two decades. You can read it in full via this link.
Sharpe's most memorable gimmick was the black brace he wore on his forearm - a prop he used to great effect in his role as a heel.
Although he was never able to reach the pinnacle of the business before retiring in the '90s, "Canada's Greatest Athlete" was a key player in helping fellow stars get the push they needed and his selfless style made his a huge asset to the company.
His efforts clearly left a lasting impact on members of the WWE Universe:
Our thoughts go out to his family at this time.
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