THE first gay wrestling star Pat Patterson is dead at 79-years-old after his legendary WWE career.
"WWE extends its condolences to Patterson’s family and friends," the company said in a statement on Wednesday.
Born Pierre Clermont, the wrestling legend had been battling cancer before his death.
Patterson considered himself as wrestling's "first gay superstar" and was an icon in the industry.
He started his wrestling career in 1958 in his homeland of Canada and later joined the WWE in the 1979.
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During his time with the entertainment company, Patterson served as CEO Vince McMahon's right-hand man for almost 20 years.
His career included highlights such as the first-ever Intercontinental Title reign and the creation of the Royal Rumble Match.
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