Pat Patterson had a wrestling career that spanned six decades before the inaugural Intercontinental Champion passed away earlier today after a battle with cancer.
Patterson was linked with many of the company’s biggest ideas throughout his career, the best-known one being the Royal Rumble match which was the brainchild of the star.
Patterson is also famed for being the first-ever openly gay WWE Superstar in history and even wrote about his acceptance in the sport as part of his 2016 Autobiography, Accepted: How The First Gay Superstar Changed WWE.
After starting his wrestling career back in 1958, Patterson was working as a WWE official at the time of his death, a position that he had held in WWE since 2005 and was one of their longest-standing employees.
Patterson also became the oldest Champion in WWE history at 78 years old when he won the 24/7 Championship back in July 2019 as part of the Raw Reunion episode.
Many current and former WWE stars have paid their respects on social media to a man who had been seen as a mentor in recent years and sadly lost his battle with cancer this morning at the age of 79.
Tony Marinaro broke the news on Twitter a few hours ago and noted that he had passed away in a Miami hospital.