UPDATE: The Heenan family has announced that complications for his cancer led to organ failure which caused the Hall of Famers passing on the 17th.
We here at BigDamnGeeks are devastated to learn of the passing of Wrestling Legend and WWE Hall of Famer, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. Considered the world over to be the best manager in the history of professional wrestling, Bobby is also remembered for his time in the ring and behind the announcing desk in both WWE and WCW. Though many remember his time with the likes of Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, Dusty Rhodes and more in WCW, he will be best remembered for his time with the legendary Gorilla Monsoon, a duo perhaps rivaled in popularity only by JR and the King.
The following is from WWE.com
WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Bobby Heenan, regarded by many as the greatest manager in sports-entertainment history, has passed away at age 73.
With a career spanning more than four decades, Heenan was the “The Brain” behind some of the most prolific Superstars in sports-entertainment history. Heenan plied his trade as their mischievous manager by running his mouth on their behalf with a sarcastic wit considered among the best in the business.
Heenan named competitors under his guidance as the Heenan Family, a moniker meant to show the strength of their alliance over any opposition. Members of the Heenan Family in the AWA and WWE read like the who’s who of sports-entertainment, including Legends and WWE Hall of Famers such as Nick Bockwinkel, the Blackjacks, Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy, “Ravishing” Rick Rude, “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig, the Brain Busters (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard), Harley Race, and of course, the first WWE Hall of Famer, Andre the Giant, whom Heenan led to the ring at WrestleMania III before 93,173 fans.
As impossible as it may seem, Heenan’s overwhelming success as a manager was matched by that of his announcing career. Heenan’s constant verbal jousts with fellow WWE Hall of Famers Gorilla Monsoon and “Mean” Gene Okerlund on USA Network remain among the most memorable moments in sports-entertainment history. In fact, “The Brain” was so entertaining that “The Bobby Heenan Show” had a brief run on USA Network as well.
In addition, “The Brain” was part of the original broadcast team for Monday Night Raw in 1993, and also sat at the announce table for both Raw and WCW Monday Nitro.
WWE extends its condolences to Heenan’s family, friends and fans.
Bobby had been battling throat cancer for more than 10 years when he was first diagnosed in 2002. Though his appearance drastically changed over the years, fans will never forget the mischievous, conniving, hysterical and still lovable weasel, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.
I imagine upon arriving at the top of the giant escalator in the sky, Saint Peter and Gorilla Monsoon are awaiting his arrival at the gate. The Brain goes to shake Saint Peter’s hand but before he does, pulls his hand away and wipes his nose. “What are you doing?” Gorilla asks before Bobby responds, “Man, what a dump Monsoon. This place could use some remodeling. Pete, put me down for a meeting with the big man, I have some ideas.”