The wrestling world was saddened to hear of the passing of one of the greatest managers and announcers of all-time in Bobby Heenan. WWE aired a special tribute video to a legacy of the industry on Raw, and we here at TheSportster ran a series of articles remembering everything "The Brain" had given the WWE Universe as fans past and present.
Even though Heenan was 72 years old and battling cancer, it was still a bit of a shock to hear he passed away and on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, TampaBay.com released a statement on the passing of Bobby Heenan and noted the cause of death.
The statement reads:
"Heenan, whose real name was Raymond Louis Heenan, died Sunday at 72... Heenan was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2002 and has been in remission since 2004, said his daughter, Jessica Solt, but he died from organ failures brought on by the disease."
Understanding the disease would eventually take her father, Bobby Heenan’s daughter noted that “It was just his time.”
Thank you for the memories, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. pic.twitter.com/uSLkY8kLQs— WWE (@WWE) September 19, 2017
Heenan called Tampa his home. Originally from Chicago, he lived in Largo up until his passing and was a 30-year resident of the Tampa Bay area. Heenan rose to fame in the 1980's as the WWE was taking off and becoming a national product. He was the manager and mouthpiece for some of wrestling's greatest villains, and if not for Heenan, Hulk Hogan doesn't get over as well as he did.
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His most notable role was as the on-air manager of Andre the Giant. A formerly beloved giant, Andre was a fan favorite until the second he teamed with Heenan. When Andre turned on Hulk Hogan, Heenan was behind it all. When The Giant took on Hogan at WrestleMania III, Heenan was there. How hated Andre became after being a beloved babyface during the 70s into the 80s was a testament to how good Heenan was.
Even though Heenan's passing was not a surprise to those he knew of his illness, it doesn't make the loss any easier to take.