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WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino dies at 82; WWE wrestlers pay tribute on social media

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 18 April 2018, 23:52 IST

WWE Bruno Sammartino died at the age 82, he was battling with health issues for several months. He passed away peacefully with his wife wife and two kids by his side this afternoon.

According to the WWE, in 1963 Sammartino defeated Buddy Rogers to become the second-ever WWE Champion. He held the title for eight years, which is still a record. He was an Italian professional wrestler, he was one of the greatest icons in the wrestling field.

His 187 sellouts of Madison Square Garden as the marquee attraction is still a jaw-dropping statistic. Triple H, played a big role in Bruno's life as he helped return to the company in 2013 called Bruno a 'true icon' and is shattered by the news.

He said on Twitter: "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."

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WWE wrote on their website: "WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino passed away at age 82.

"The story of Bruno Sammartino is the story of the American dream."

"Sammartino began his wrestling career in 1959, and soon became a popular attraction, making his debut at Madison Square Garden a year later.

"That iconic New York venue would become Sammartino’s spiritual home over the next 25 years, as he sold out the arena over 180 times.

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First published: 18 April 2018, 23:52 IST