Okerland's announcing days in wrestling began by happenstance, as American Wrestling Association (AWA) promoter Verne Gagne asked Okerlund, then working at a neighboring Minneapolis TV station, to fill in one night in 1971 for another broadcaster.
His cause of death was not revealed by the WWE.
Former wrestler and ex-Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, who wrestled as "The Body", dubbed Okerlund "Mean Gene".
My condolences to the Okerlund family'.
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Hogan tweeted, "Mean Gene I love you my brother". Besides being the company's lead locker room interviewer, he also provided ringside commentary.
Like many other wrestling legends, Nash's post was honest and depicted Okerlund as one of the kindest men in the industry.
Famed WWE legend "Mean Gene" Okerlund has died.
Okerlund's assurance and professional composure in front of the camera provided the ideal counterpoint for the then-WWF's hyper-exaggerated superstars, and he quickly became a staple across all the brand's output.
An off-the-ring professional wrestling icon has passed away. "Goodbye my friend and thank you for making my life a better one once I met you", Nash wrote. I'll always remember Gene with a smile on his face and a drink in his hand and always wanting to help. He was reunited with WWE after the promotion bought WCW in 2001.