Fox 9 News confirmed WWE Hall of Famer and Robbinsdale, Minn. native Verne Gagne passed away on Monday. He was 89.
His son, Greg Gagne, also an acclaimed professional wrestler, told Fox 9 his dad was a special man who touched many lives. He inducted his father into the WWE Hall of Fame in April of 2006.
Verne was a 16-time World Heavyweight Champion, a 10-time AWA World Heavyweight Champion and formerly owned and promoted the Minneapolis-based American Wrestling Association for decades until it shut down in 1991.
@Seth_Kaplan RIP to one of the great MN Sports Icons.. and a wonderful man!— Jeff Passolt (@JeffPassoltFOX9) April 28, 2015