Professional wrestling icon Pat Patterson, the business‘s first overtly homosexual star and a long-time lieutenant of promoter Vince McMahon, has died, officers mentioned Wednesday.
The WWE Corridor of Fame member was 79.
“A real trailblazer of the business, Patterson was linked to many ‘firsts’ in sports-entertainment all through his storied profession,” World Wrestling Leisure mentioned in an announcement. “In a profession spanning six a long time, the renaissance man left an indelible mark on the business within the ring, on the microphone and behind the scenes.”
Professional wrestler John Cena mentioned he’ll always remember Patterson’s pleasant demeanor and zest for all times.
“Pat Patterson lived life appropriately lived with ardour, love and function,” Cena said in a statement. “He helped so many and all the time entertained with a narrative or joke. He’ll reside on in my life all the time. Love you Patrick.”
PAT PATTERSON I DONT KNOW WHAT TO SAY OTHER THAN I LOVE YOU. YOU HAVE BEAUTIFUL MIND FOR THIS BUSINESS AND BEAUTIFUL HEART FOR THIS WORLD. MY HEART IS BROKEN. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP #rip pic.twitter.com/XASbSUG0qO
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) December 2, 2020
Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri, higher referred to as The Iron Sheik, tweeted an all-caps eulogy of his modern, lauding Patteron’s “stunning thoughts for this enterprise and exquisite coronary heart for this world.”
“I do not know what to say aside from I like you,” he wrote. “My coronary heart is damaged. God bless you and your loved ones. Thanks on your friendship.”
Lengthy-time WWE referee Charles Robinson mentioned he’ll miss seeing his previous pal within the ring, backstage, on press row and even on the karaoke bar.
“One of many best minds within the enterprise and simply an throughout nice man,” Robinson mentioned. “I’ll miss him and his karaoke! RIP my pal. You’re a hero to many!”
So unhappy to listen to of the passing of @wwe legend Pat Patterson. One of many best minds within the enterprise and simply an throughout nice man. I’ll miss him and his karaoke! RIP my pal. You’re a hero to many! pic.twitter.com/WXFwJ1fjkO
— Charles Robinson (@WWERobinson) December 2, 2020
The teenaged Patterson was thrown out of his dwelling in Montreal after popping out to his dad and mom and did the unthinkable — immigrated to America to make it within the hyper-macho world of professional wrestling, he wrote in his 2016 biography, “Accepted: How the First Homosexual Famous person Modified WWE.”
He was the primary to carry the title of “Intercontinental Champion” in 1979, and his early 80s rivalry with Sgt. Slaughter took professional wrestling to new heights of recognition.
It culminated in the famed “Alley Battle at Madison Sq. Backyard” in New York Metropolis on Might 4, 1981.