UPDATED: Mae Young Passes Away
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 01.14.2014
WWE confirms it...
UPDATE: WWE has confirmed the passing of Mae Young. The company posted the following statement on WWE.com:
WWE is greatly saddened by the news that WWE Hall of Famer Mae Young, beloved member of the WWE family and oldest living squared circle personality, has passed at the age of 90. Johnnie Mae Young was truly one of the greatest female competitors to ever lace up a pair of boots. A proud competitor for three quarters of a century and valued part of WWE to her last day, Young truly blazed a path for future female grapplers beginning in the 1940s.
ORIGINAL: It's a sad day in wrestling, as WWE Hall of Famer Mae Young passed away at the age of ninety. Young had been battling health problems for a while in hospice care and had been taken off life support last week. Stephanie McMahon confirmed the news on Twitter, posting:
A true pioneer and legend has passed tonight. Long live the memory of my friend and WWE Hall of Famer.
Young, real name Johnnie Mae Young, began wrestling in 1939 in Oklahoma. She was instrumental in the rise of female wrestling in the 1940s, expanding women's wrestling during World War II while many male wrestlers were fighting overseas. She saw a second rise of her career in the late 1990s in the WWE alongside fellow women's wrestling pioneer, the Fabulous Moolah. That led to a long-time association with the company, and her induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008.
On behalf of 411, our condolences to the family, friends and fans of Ms. Young. Wrestling would not be the same today without her.