A new legend has said goodbye. WWE Hall of Fame member Bruno Sammartino has passed away this morning at the age of 82. According to the specialized portal Pro Wrestling Insider (PWInsider), Sammartino was hospitalized urgently in the city of Pittsburgh. At the moment the causes of his death are unknown.
WWE has ruled on the demise of Sammartino with an extraordinary press release. In this text, the McMahon family company reviews the wrestler’s career and thanks him for all his support. WWE’s Director of Operations, Paul “Triple H” Levesque, has been one of the first official voices to have made statements regarding the death:
Devastated to hear the passing of a true icon, legend, great, honest and wonderful man…
A true friend…and one of the toughest people I’ve ever met.
My thoughts are with his entire family. #RIPBrunoSammartino #AmericanDream
— Triple H (@TripleH) April 18, 2018
Bruno Sammartino was a professional fighter of Italian origin. His career spanned more than three decades and was developed primarily in WWE, formerly known as the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF). Sammartino has a reign of 1,237-days heavyweight champion and is considered one of the great athletes to step on Madison Square Garden. In the 80s he left the company due to disagreements with the board of directors of Vince McMahon. His return was in 2013 for his introduction into the WWE Hall of Fame, thanks to interest and a series of conversations with Triple H himself.