Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, the legendary pro wrestling manager, and the former WWE star dies at the age of seventy-three on 17 September 2017.
Heenan was found dead on Sunday due to cancer complications. Heenan’s daughter Jessica Ida Heenan aka Jess first announced the news about her father’s death to Gene Okerlund, who took to social networking sites to reveal-
“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.”
Saddened by the news that arrived this afternoon from Bobby Heenans daughter Jess, that he has passed. Bobby and... https://t.co/KNsvLlW4sy— Gene Okerlund (@TheGeneOkerlund) September 17, 2017
WWE also announced the news about Heenan’s death by stating-
“WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Bobby Heenan, regarded by many as the greatest manager in sports-entertainment history, has passed away at age 73.”
Heenan was battling with health issues since 2002 after he got diagnosed with throat and tongue cancer. He had multiple surgeries on his tongue, and the reconstruction of his lower jaw caused him difficulty in talking while he battled with the disease.
In the year 1984, Heenan was signed by the WWE after his success in the American Wrestling Association (AWA) and the World Wrestling Association (WWA). WWE Hall of Famer Big John Studd was his first managerial client as part of the promotion.
Throughout Heenan’s career as a manager, he worked with the superstars like Mr. Perfect, Paul Orndorff, Andre the Giant, Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, Arn Anderson, Rick Rude, and Harley Race.
Many stars from the wrestling world took Twitter today to honor and show their love for the great man Heenan.
Worked with Bobby Heenan from 1980 until my career ended,learned new things from him ever single day,love u my brother rip. HH— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) September 17, 2017
Bobby Heenan died today and it has left me very sad. He was the best of the best in the biz and a friend. RIP Bobby. Praying for you Cindy pic.twitter.com/T8wuFAYuST— Ted DiBiase (@MDMTedDiBiase) September 17, 2017
Today we lost one of our legends.— Bubba Ray Dudley (@bullyray5150) September 17, 2017
Im just happy the last words I said to him were, "I love you Bobby."
RIP Bobby Heenan pic.twitter.com/ofqi6IJguD
Bobby Heenan... The Greatest Manager, One Of The Greatest Announcers, And One Of The Best In-Ring Performers In The History Of The Business— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) September 17, 2017
Bobby Heenan was pure magic. Out of all his talents, his ability to make anyone laugh will live on forever. RIP. pic.twitter.com/4N7eFz50qI— Mustafa Ali (@MustafaAliWWE) September 17, 2017
Heenan, who was active in pro wrestling for more than three decades, was married to Cynthia Jean in the year 1974. The pair, who was bound in a marital relationship for over 40 years, has a daughter named Jessica Ida Heenan who was born in the year 1978.
Heenan, who leaves behind his wife and daughter, is also survived by a grandson named Austin.
May the departed soul rest in peace!#American Wrestler #Wrestling Manager #WWE #Cynthia Jean