One of most iconic managers and commentators has gone to the great squared circle in the sky.
Bobby "The Brain" Heenan died today (September 17) at the age of 73. A cause of death has yet to be confirmed, but Heenan was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2002 and had reconstructive jaw surgery in 2007.
Heenan managed a stable of wrestlers known as "The Heenan Family" throughout his four-decade-long career in the AWA, GCW and the then WWF that included the likes of Blackjack Mulligan, Nick Bockwinkel, Stan Hansen, Andre the Giant, Ric Flair, Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect, The Brain Busters, and Harley Race...TO JUST NAME A HANDFUL!
Heenan also made massive contributions to the commentary table, notably alongside Gorilla Monsoon, on a number of WWE and WCW programs.
Considering this, it's no surprise that the sports entertainment world came out in force on social media to pay respect to "The Brain."
The news of Bobby "The Brain" Heenan's passing today gutted me. I loved our time together. No one ever did it better than the Wease.
RIP Bobby "The Brain" Heenan - one of the GREATEST and most influential personas our business has ever known.
Bobby Heenan... The Greatest Manager, One Of The Greatest Announcers, And One Of The Best In-Ring Performers In The History Of The Business
BREAKING NEWS: @WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Bobby Heenan has passed away at age 73. https://t.co/n5ObLc5aAR
I don't look at myself as a hero or smart person. I have a seventh-grade education, but I've had a lot of fun."-#RIPBobbyTheBrainHeenan
one of a kind.
Today we lost one of our legends. Im just happy the last words I said to him were, "I love you Bobby." RIP Bobby Heenan
RIP Bobby The Brain Heenan...one the greatest announcers, managers & personalities of all time and one of the reasons why I wanted to get into wrestling as a #Humanoid kid...
2,514 Likes, 52 Comments - Chris Jericho (@chrisjerichofozzy) on Instagram: "RIP Bobby The Brain Heenan...one the greatest announcers, managers & personalities of all time and..."
Very sorry to hear of the passing of Bobby "The Brain " Heenan.I was fortunate to work, laugh and learn from him.A great man.
Bobby Heenan was great at all that he did Manager Wrestler Announcer Host The Brain Weasel Celebrate his life on @WWENetwork 1 of a kind
Bobby Heenan died today and it has left me very sad. He was the best of the best in the biz and a friend. RIP Bobby. Praying for you Cindy
Only I guy that ripped on me and it felt like a compliment. Bobby the brain Heenan will go down as the greatest. Love you Wease
Sad to hear the passing of Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. One of the best entertainers of all time. RIP
The world has got a lil dumber and a whole lot less funny. RIP Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. A... https://t.co/ayBqTy8abT
Very saddened to hear of the passing of Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. I was truly blessed to know him. RIP my friend!????
So sad to hear of the passing of Bobby "The Brain" Heenan...he was a true friend of my entire family and a great man. #RIPBrain
From all of us, thoughts and prayers to the family of Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. ???? #RIP
There was never a better manager. RIP Bobby "The Brain" Heenan.
Gutted to hear about the passing of Bobby The Brain Heenan. The benchmark that all wrestling color commentary is based on. The best ever.
RIPBobbyHeenan the greatest Pro Wrestling Manager of all time
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Bobby Heenan was pure magic. Out of all his talents, his ability to make anyone laugh will live on forever. RIP.
Just heard the news about #BobbyHeenan deeply saddened. My thoughts are with Cindy and Jess. The Brain made Nitro the smash hit it was.
Bobby Heenan just passed away a few hours ago. He was the best ever at what he did.
From cross-dressing on the 1st ever Raw to his crazy bumps to the Royal Rumble '92 call, Bobby Heenan was entertainment personified.
Thank you, Bobby Heenan. #TheBrain
Our thoughts go out to the family of Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. No manager or commentator was ever better at entertaining us humanoids.
How I picture Andre waiting for The Brain at the pearly gates.
RIP Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. Thanks for gracing us humanoids with your unmatched talent for so many years.. Nobody did it better. Nobody.
I will always appreciate the short time I had with Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. It was truly an honor #RIPBobbyHeenan
RIP Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
RIP Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. He was one of the greatest mananagers in the history of our business!
Saddened to learn of the passing of the Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. Everyone at ROH offers our deepest condolences to his family and friends.
I just heard about Bobby The Brain Heenan. So heartbreaking but what a legacy he left behind.There will never be anyone like him RIP #legend
Don't have many "favorites" in life, but Bobby "The Brain" Heenan was certainly one. Thanks for all the memories and the laughs. #RIP #GOAT
Saddened to hear of the passing of Bobby Heenan. "The Brain" did it all in the biz, in the most entertaining ways possible. #RIPBobbyHeenan
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