WWE Hall of Famer Terry Funk passes away at 79

06:23 24.08.2023

Wrestling Legend Terry Funk Passes Away at 79, Leaving a Legacy of Hardcore Wrestling and Unmatched Professionalism

Terry Funk, widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, has sadly passed away at the age of 79. The news of Funk's death was confirmed by his long-time friend and fellow wrestler, Mick Foley, who took to Twitter to share the heartbreaking announcement. Foley described Funk as his mentor, idol, and one of his closest friends, emphasizing that he was the greatest wrestler Foley had ever seen. Funk's daughter, Brandee, had given Foley the devastating news.

Funk's career in professional wrestling spanned over five decades, from 1965 until his retirement in 2017. He made a name for himself as a pioneer of the hardcore style of wrestling, which involved intense and often brutal matches using various improvised weapons such as chairs, barbed wire, and even fire. Despite the physicality of his matches, Funk was universally respected for his consummate professionalism and dedication to his craft.

Born into a wrestling family, Funk's father, Dory Funk Sr., was also a professional wrestler and promoter. Terry began his career in his father's promotion, Western State Sports, based in Amarillo, Texas. From there, he went on to wrestle for various promotions around the world, including All Japan Pro Wrestling, WWE (then known as WWF), WCW, and ECW. Funk's impact on the wrestling industry was immeasurable, and his contributions earned him a well-deserved induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011.

In addition to his wrestling career, Funk also appeared in several movies, showcasing his charisma and larger-than-life personality. Some of his notable film roles include "Road House," "Paradise Alley," "The Ringer," and "Over the Top." Funk's versatility and ability to captivate audiences both in and out of the ring solidified his status as a true entertainment icon.

Terry Funk's death has sent shockwaves throughout the wrestling community, with fellow wrestlers mourning the loss of a legend. Ric Flair, another wrestling icon and long-time rival of Funk, took to social media to pay tribute to his friend. Flair described Funk as a great wrestler, entertainer, and unbelievably fearless, highlighting their memorable "I Quit" match at WCW Clash of Champions IX in 1989.

The WWE also shared their condolences, expressing their sadness at Funk's passing and extending their sympathies to his family, friends, and fans. Funk's impact on the wrestling industry will never be forgotten, and his legacy will continue to inspire future generations of professional wrestlers.

The cause of Terry Funk's death has not been revealed at this time. However, his manager, Timothy Beal, stated that Funk had been in poor health for some time and had been residing in a nursing home. Funk's family has not yet released a statement regarding his passing.

As the wrestling world mourns the loss of Terry Funk, fans and fellow wrestlers are encouraged to remember his incredible career by watching his matches and promos. Funk's contributions to the world of professional wrestling were immense, and his legacy will forever be etched in the hearts of wrestling enthusiasts worldwide. Rest in peace, Terry Funk. You will be deeply missed.

/ Thursday, August 24, 2023, 6:23 AM /

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