WWE Legend Mae Young Dies At Age 90
Mae Young, WWE Hall of Famer, died Tuesday, Jan. 14 after spending the last two weeks in hospice care.
The news of Young’s death comes less than one week after Young’s death was inaccurately reported. In the wake of Young’s hospitalization on Dec. 31, 2013, it was announced that Young was "gravely ill."
Mae Young Dies At Age 90
Young, a trailblazer for womens wrestling, began her career as a professional wrestler at 15-years-old in 1939 and had her last match in 2010, making history with her 8-decade career. She was the first NWA U.S. Women’s Champion and was the third female inductee to the WWE Hall of Fame.
“There will never be another Mae Young. Her longevity in sports entertainment may never be matched, and I will forever be grateful for all of her contributions to the industry. On behalf of WWE, I extend our sincerest condolences to her family and friends,” Vince McMahon, Chairman and CEO of WWE, said in a statement.
— WWE (@WWE) January 15, 2014
With the news of Young’s death confirmed, the WWE and many wrestling stars have made public tributes to the wrestling idol.
“The entire WWE Universe offers a standing ovation to a true queen of the canvas and bids Mae Young a heartfelt farewell,” reads a statement by the WWE.
WWE Stars Pay Tribute To Mae Young
Other idols in the wrestling world have taken to Twitter to express their love and respect for Young, including Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) January 15, 2014
I'll always remember Mae Young. We shared wonderful memories of my grandfather. She made me want to fight. There was no one like her.
— Nattie (@NatbyNature) January 15, 2014
Very sad to hear of Mae Young's passing. She was a pioneer of wrestling & I was told by my family, she could beat most men. #godspeed
— Chavo Guerrero jr. (@mexwarrior) January 15, 2014
– Olivia Truffaut-Wong
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