WWE Hall Of Famer Pat Patterson has sadly passed away at the age of 79.
News of Patterson's passing was first reported by TSN690's Tony Marinaro. He tweeted: "Just got a text from my buddy Rodger Brulotte letting me know that legendary wrestler Pat Patterson of @WWE passed away earlier this morning in a Miami hospital. Patterson, had cancer. He was 79. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. RIP. #WWE." WWE has since confirmed Patterson's passing.
Patterson began his professional wrestling career in 1958 in his native Montreal. He quickly moved south into the United States and worked for the AWA, Big Time Wrestling and Pacific Northwest Wrestling, among others. He captured multiple singles and tag team championships and twice won the Cow Palace Battle Royal.
"Pretty Boy" joined WWE in 1979 and was crowned the inaugural Intercontinental Champion in Rio de Janeiro later that year. Following his retirement as a full-time wrestler in 1984, Patterson worked backstage in the company and was one of Vince McMahon's closest confidants. Many dubbed him McMahon's right-hand man and he created one of the company's most famous matches, the Royal Rumble.
Cultaholic extends its condolences to Pat Patterson's family and friends.