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WWE legend and Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 82.

WWE announced the news on Twitter.

Sammartino was WWE’s biggest star in the 1960s and early 70s, winning the WWE championship from Buddy Rogers in May 1963. Sammartino would go on to hold the title for nearly eight years, a record that will never be broken. He lost the title in 1971, but re-gained it in 1973 to become the first two-time WWE champion. His second reign lasted three and a half years.

Along with being a two-time world champion, Sammartino was a two-time tag team champion and a one-time United States Champion. He won Pro Wrestling Illustrated‘s match of the year five times, and was voted the Most Inspirational Wrestler in 1976.

“The Italian Superman” was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013 in Madison Square Garden, the arena he sold out 187 times in his wrestling career.

Along with being in the WWE Hall of Fame, “The Living Legend” has been inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum and the International Sports Hall of Fame.

Tributes poured in all over social media for the former WWE champion.

Sports Al Dente sends its condolences to the Sammartino family.

Austin Hough

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A young journalist who loves sports, journalism, and professional wrestling. Chicago raised, Mizzou Made, Indiana paid (currently).

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