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Former WWE referee/official Dave Hebner has passed away

We are sad to report that former WWE referee/official Dave Hebner has passed away. The news was first reported on the account for Brian Hebner’s podcast.

NASCAR’s Hermie Sadler noted on May 28 that Dave had been dealing with health issues but the exact nature of his illness was not disclosed. PWInsider reports that he had been battling Parkinson’s Disease.

Dave Hebner is the twin brother of Earl Hebner. Dave got his start in the late 1970s as a referee for the WWF where he was part of many historic matches, including Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat at WrestleMania III. He was also in the famous twin referee angle on The Main Event in 1988 that let to Hulk Hogan being screwed out of the WWF Championship and Andre The Giant handling the belt over to Ted DiBiase. That show was viewed by 33 million people, an all-time viewership record for pro wrestling in the United States. Hebner worked in WWF/E on and off camera until 2005 and then had a brief run in TNA Wrestling.

We send our deepest condolences to Hebner’s friends and family.


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