MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota has lost an iconic face in wrestling — Verne Gagne has passed away at the age of 89.
Laverne Clarence “Verne” Gagne touched almost every part of the sport — he was a wrestler, announcer, promoter and owner of the American Wrestling Association in Minneapolis.READ MORE: 'Masks are back', Covid ICU Hospitalizations Rise Across MN Again
Gagne was the AMA Heavyweight Champion 16 times, and held the world record for most combined days as a world champion. He’s one of just six men inducted into all four wrestling halls of fame.READ MORE: Canadian Wildfires Bring Smoke To Minnesota, Concerning Experts
In recent years, Gagne had been struggling with Alzheimer’s Disease. The cause of death is not yet known.