We are sad to report that the one and only Bobby “The Brain” Heenan has passed away at the age of 73. The news came from Jim Ross’ Twitter account.
Just a couple of weeks ago we reported that Heenan had to pull out of a convention appearance in October because he was immobile and unable to travel. Heenan’s health complications after beating lung cancer are well documented but even when his health was declining, he continued to go out and make appearances.
Heenan gained fame in the AWA in the 1970’s before moving onto the World Wrestling Federation in 1984. He managed a “who’s who” of wrestlers including legendary names like Nick Bockwinkel, Andre The Giant, “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig, The Brain Busters (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard), Paul Orndorff, “Ravishing” Rick Rude, and Harley Race, just to name a few.
Heenan was also known for his wit behind the mic alongside best friend Gorilla Monsoon on WWE broadcasts and later during his years in WCW. In my view, he was the greatest manager of all-time and he will be missed. I think we all knew that this day would come much sooner than later because of his health issues but I’m still gutted to know that he is gone.
On behalf of everyone here at WrestlingNews.co, we send along best wishes to Heenan’s friends and family.
Gene Okerlund wrote the following on his Facebook page:
“Saddened by the news that arrived this afternoon from Bobby Heenans daughter Jess, that he has passed. Bobby and his family have had to endure so much because of his health. Bobby Heenan was such a great friend. You don’t replace people like that. Condolences to Cyndi, Jessica, family, friends and fans. RIP Bobby.”
Here is the famous segment from 1987 when Andre The Giant turned on best friend Hulk Hogan to align with The Brain: