“Mean” Gene Okerlund — the most famous announcer in the history of pro wrestling — has died, WWE has confirmed. He was 76.

Vince McMahon‘s company issued a statement saying, “WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Gene Okerlund, the most recognizable interviewer in sports-entertainment history, has passed away at age 76.”

Hulk Hogan also commented … saying, “Mean Gene I love you my brother.”

Unclear how he died, but Okerlund had health problems dating back years. He had 2 kidney transplants — the first one in 1995 and the second in 2004. 

Okerlund started as a radio DJ back in Nebraska before taking a job with the American Wrestling Association in 1970. 

He moved to WWF in the early ’80s and WRESTLED — famously pinning Mr. Fuji in a tag team match with Hulk Hogan in 1984. 

Okerlund was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006 by Hulk Hogan.

Via TMZ