Mick McManus has died, aged 93.
McManus, one of the greatest heels in UK wrestling history, passed away earlier this morning, report The Sun. Frank Rimer, who runs the British Wrestlers Reunion, told the newspaper;
“I am deeply saddened to announce the death of the legend that was Mick McManus, who passed away at 1am this morning.
“Even the arrival of his old friend Lord Richard Attenborough recently failed to lift his spirits, refusing all food and drink until he quietly slipped into a coma three days ago.
“Mick was without doubt, through his own efforts, the greatest wrestling name that the UK has ever seen or will see again, and even 25 years after his retirement, he retained his aura of stardom until the end. He was 93.”
McManus wrestled for over 20 years, winning the British Welterweight Championship in 1949, the British Middleweight Championship in 1967, and the European Middleweight Championship in 1968. He would end up winning that title four times.
Last year, he was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame last year, joining the likes of André the Giant, Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan, Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper and Randy Savage.