Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wrestling's First Lady Dies

WWE confirmed late Tuesday night that Hall of Famer Mae Young has died. She was 90 years old.

She reportedly survived a week off life support in her Columbia, SC, home. Young was erroneously reported dead a week ago by a South Carolina newspaper which got incorrect information from a source.

Born Johnnie Mae Young in Oklahoma on March 12, 1923, she started her professional wrestling career in 1939. She eventually went on to train others for the business, including long-time friend Lillian Ellison, more commonly known as Hall of Famer Fabulous Moolah.

In a statement, Vince McMahon said, "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."

Many tweeted their condolences and memories as they heard the news from WWE last night:


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