The WWE has confirmed that WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson has died.
I can not express how crushed I feel right now with the loss of Pat Patterson. A true member of my family, mentor and dear friend.
I love you Pat.
God speed. pic.twitter.com/FdaAFnsw8m
— Shane McMahon (@shanemcmahon) December 2, 2020
Patterson entered the pro wrestling business in 1958 and eventually became the first Intercontinental Champion of the WWF (WWE). After retiring from the ring in 1984, he continued to work in the business doing commentary and other creative roles. Patterson has been credited with the creation of the Royal Rumble match and was also known in more recent years for his on-screen role of one of Vince McMahon’s “Stooges.”