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WWE News: Former WWE manager Frenchy Martin passes away

Gokul Nair
31.25K   //    22 Oct 2016, 11:14 IST

One of the most iconic images from 80s wrestling era.

Former WWE Manager and wrestler Jean “Frenchy Martin” Gagnè passed away after a long battle with cancer, according to PWInsider. He was 66 years old. 

The Montreal Journal had reported in early September that Martin was moved to hospice care as his condition was critical and it was revealed that he was only expected to live a few more weeks.

He told The Journal, “I led an extraordinary life. I am proud to have succeeded in the world of wrestling. I am no more worthy than another, but I'm not afraid of death. I accept the result”

Martin was instrumental behind the character of Dino Bravo in the 1980’s, who he managed in the WWF. Apart from that, he was known for his trademark sign “USA is not OK”. He began his wrestling career in 1971 in Puerto Rico’s World Wrestling Council and moved to Stampede Wrestling in 1976. He retired from professional wrestling in 1990.

Here are some of his most memorable moments:

WWE released an official statement regarding Martin’s death and offered their condolences to his family, friends and fans. You can have a look at the statement below:

WWE’s official statement

Despite having only a brief run in the WWE, Martin had a great impact on the fans courtesy of his ringside antics. He always made his presence felt on big shows such as Wrestlemania 4 and Wrestlemania 5 and was a popular manager during his heydey. Apart from his managerial career, he has dabbled in colour commentating.

He eventually became the head booker for IWA PR after he retired from pro wrestling and has also made guest appearances at indie shows across Canada and the USA. 

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