The Wrestling World is mourning the loss of the legend Terry Funk.
One of the most influential wrestlers who has worked for countless promotions, including ECW, WWE, and WWE, formerly WWF, has passed away at 79.
No cause of death has been released.
News broke of his passing when fellow wrestler Ric Flair posted the news on “X,” saying, “No One Will Ever Replace You in The World of Professional Wrestling.
In My Entire Life, I’ve Never Met A Guy Who Worked Harder. Terry Funk Was A Great Wrestler, Entertainer, Unbelievably Fearless, And A Great Friend! Rest In Peace My Friend Terry Funk Knowing That No One Will Ever Replace You In The World Of Professional Wrestling! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/EYMAKOzxnx— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) August 23, 2023
Funk was born into the business following in his dad’s footsteps, joining his promotion in the 60’s.
He would go on to wrestle in Japan and be a member of several promotions throughout his long and respected career.
He reappeared in the WWF in the late 90’s as Chainsaw Charlie, appearing in Wrestlemania 14.
His long-time friend and fellow hardcore legend Mick Foley posted about Funks passing.
“Give thanks that this incredible man gave so much, for so long, to so many. There will never be another like him. May God bless Terry, his friends, family and all who loved him.”
He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009 and inducted Foley in 2013.
He also appeared in movies, notably the 1989 bar fighting film “Road House” with Patrick Swayze.
He officially retired in 2017, was diagnosed with dementia in 2021, and was in assisted living. He leaves behind two daughters.
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