— PWMania.com (@PWMania) January 15, 2014
Wrestling Hall of Famer Johnnie Mae Young has passed away at age 90. Read on for the facts …
1. Mae Young Has Died in Hospice Care
Johnnie Mae Young was reportedly hospitalized on December 31, 2013 before being moved to hospice care, where Bleacher Report states she passed away. In 2004, Young was inducted into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in addition to being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008. Have a look at the tribute video made on Young’s behalf.
2. The WWE Has Released a Statement About Her Death
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 15, 2014
As expected, the WWE organization is saddened by the loss of their beloved Mae Young and has released a statement on their website. Below are a couple excerpts from it:
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.
The entire WWE Universe offers a standing ovation to a true queen of the canvas and bids Mae Young a heartfelt farewell.
3. It Was Falsely Reported that Young Died Last Week
Last week on January 9, 2014, it was rumored that Young had died, but that was not the case. She was gravely ill at the time, but was still very much alive.
4. The McMahon Family Has Offered Their Condolences
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) January 15, 2014
Stephanie McMahon has posted a saddened tweet in addition to Vince McMahon offering his respects via his public relations director saying:
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.
Clearly, Young has had a great impact on the wrestling community and all it’s become today.
5. Many WWE Superstars Are Paying Their Respects
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) January 15, 2014
Several members of the wrestling realm have come out to express their sadness over the death of Mae Young. Have a look at some of the thoughtful tweets.
The legendary Johnnie Mae Young has passed. The Oklahoman lead an amazing life. Her mental/physical toughness is an inspiration to all. RIP
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) January 15, 2014