WWE Hall of Famer, Minn. native Verne Gagne dies at 89

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.