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WWE executive Ed Cohen died on Saturday after a long career as a vital asset of WWE’s rise to prominence during the late 1980’s into the 1990’s.
Ed Cohen was 62 years of age when death embraced him and knocked him out.
He was responsible for arranging venues for the first several WrestleMania events including booking the Pontiac Silverdome for WrestleMania III in spite of the fact a convention had already been scheduled for that day.
Ed Cohen spent more than twenty years with WWE before leaving the company as his health began to decline. Mean Gene Okerlund broke the news of Cohen’s passing on his Facebook profile.
“Sad to report that longtime WWE executive Ed Cohen diéd yesterday. Ed was basically in charge of securing venues for WWE house shows and later television tapings. In the early years Cohen was especially close in working with Vince and Linda McMahon because income from house shows was a main revenue stream for the then-young company. Ed remained with the company for many years but his failing health became an issue in later years and he was less involved. RIP Ed Cohen.”
No cause of death is known at this time. Our thoughts are with Cohen’s family and friends as they continue through this difficult time.
R.I.P Ed Cohen but Ed Cohen is not the only WWE legend that has passed away in recent times: see three (3) other WWE Superstars who just passed away
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WWE is saddened to learn that Dick Slater has passed away at age 67.
Slater was a prolific competitor during the 1970s and 1980s in Georgia Championship Wrestling, Mid-South Wrestling and Mid-Atlantic Wrestling, where he teamed with WWE Hall of Famer Bob Orton and had a memorable rivalry with WWE Hall of Famer Jake “The Snake” Roberts. Slater competed in WWE from 1986 to 1987 before moving to Japan and finishing his in-ring career in WCW.
WWE extends its condolences to Slater’s family, friends and fans.
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PWInsider is reporting WWE Hall of Famer Nikolai Volkoff has passed away today at the age of 70. Volkoff had been in the hospital and released days prior in Maryland for treatment of dehydration and other issues.
Debuting in 1967, Volkoff worked for AWA and had multiple runs with the WWE, working for the company when it was known as the WWWF (World Wide Wrestling Federation). Playing a villainous Russian, he would most notably team up with The Iron Sheik and win the Tag Team Championship in 1985. Volkoff was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.
Our condolences to the friends and family of Nikolai Volkoff.
Below are some videos from his wrestling career.
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The Wrestling Observer is reporting that WWE legend Brickhouse Brown has passed away at the age of 57. Brown was battling cancer in a Mississippi hospice when he died.
It was initially reported that Brown, real name Frederick Seawright, had passed away on July 20 and that the coroner was even called in. But he miraculously woke up, much to the surprise of his mother.
Brown began his pro wrestling career in 1982 in Texas and was trained by the legendary Terry Funk. But Brown’s most famous run came later in the Mid-South territory, where he was a top babyface.
Brown was brought in by Cowboy Bob Orton in hopes of replacing the massively popular Junkyard Dog, who had previously left for WWE.
Brown was good friends with former WWE Superstar Brian Blair, who is also the President of the famed Cauliflower Alley Club. The organization reportedly helped with Brown’s medical expenses leading up to his death.
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