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WWE legend Bruno Sammartino passes away

The WWE icon was 82 years old.

Bruno Sammartino, the longest reigning WWE Champion of all time, has passed away at the age of 82 today, WWE reported this morning.

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Bruno lived a remarkable life, as he and his mother hid from the Nazis during German occupation in the 1940s before uniting with his father in Pittsburgh in 1950. From there, he focused on weight lifting, which brought him to the attention of Vince McMahon, Sr.

Sammartino was one of the then-WWWF’s marquee attractions, and held the now-WWE Championship for a staggering 4,040 days between his two reigns — a record that will likely never be broken. Sammartino drew hundreds of thousands of people to Madison Square Garden over the years, and according to WWE, has sold out the historic venue 188 times.

WWE legend Bruno Sammartino passes away
Bruno’s relationship with WWE worsened in the 1990s, as he felt his son David was not given a fair shake and took umbrage with WWE’s move to more risque, adult-oriented entertainment instead of the family entertainment Bruno had fallen in love with. These fences were mended in 2013 when Bruno took his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame, inducted by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Bruno was extremely influential in the building of WWE as a global superpower and has affected the lives of many WWE Superstars. A few of them chimed in to pay their condolences on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/Goldust/status/986617582026416128

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