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Mean Gene Okerlund Bio, Wiki, Age, Cause of Death, Wife (Jeanne E. Okerlund), Children, Net Worth, Wrestler

WWE Legend, Gene Okerlund dies on 2nd January 2019 aged 76

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Mean Gene Okerlund Bio

Eugene Arthur Okerlund was born on 19th December 1942 and died on 2nd January 2019 aged 76. He was also known by his ring name “Mean” Gene Okerlund.

He was an American professional wrestling interviewer, announcer and wrestler. Okerlund was best known for his work in the World Wrestling Federation

Mean Gene Okerlund Birth name Eugene Arthur Okerlund
Mean Gene Okerlund Born He was born on 19th December 1942 in Sisseton, South Dakota, United States
Mean Gene Okerlund Died He died on 2nd January 2019 aged 76
Mean Gene Okerlund Residence Sarasota, Florida, United States
Mean Gene Okerlund Education University of Nebraska
Mean Gene Okerlund Wife
Jeanne Okerlund (m. 1964)
Mean Gene Okerlund Children 2; including Todd and Hulk Hogan
Mean Gene Okerlund Net Worth He had an estimated Net Worth of $ 9 Million as at the time of his death
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Gene Okerlund
Billed height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Billed weight 212 lb (96 kg)
Debut 1970

Mean Gene Okerlund Biography

Okerlund was one of the most quintessential WWE personalities of all time. Throughout his career. he appeared in several wrestling promotions. Okerlund will also be most remembered playing the straight man during rambunctious interviews with the likes of Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage.

The nickname “Mean Gene” moniker came from Jesse while “The Body” Ventura when he and Okerlund shared the camera during their old days in American Wrestling Association (AWA). The nickname followed Okerlund to WWE in 1984 as he went on to permanently endear himself to the wrestling world.

Okerlund left WWE for WCW in 1993 where his presence added an instant gratification to Ted Turner’s product. With nostalgic acts like Okerlund, Hogan, Savage, and Ric Flair, WCW quickly became the toughest competition WWE would ever face. Okerlund’s on-camera work helped cultivate the next generation of WCW stars like the NWO, Diamond Dallas Page, and Bill Goldberg.

“Mene Gene” was inducted into WWE’s Hall of Fame in 2006 alongside Bret Hart, Eddie Guerrero, and Sensation Sheri by Hulk Hogan.

Mean Gene Okerlund Band

Gene Okerlund Formed a band in his high school days, “Gene Carroll & The Shades” which was based out of Sisseton, South Dakota. The Band recorded a single in 1959 “Red Devil / Do You Remember” (M&L 1001). A second single was released in 1962 “Is It Ever Gonna Happen / Holly” (Wausau C-1100) as “Gene Carroll”. They played parties throughout the Midwest and the Dakotas, and in 2009 were inducted into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association’s Hall of Fame.

Gene Okerlund (Mean Gene, The Body)

In his American Wrestling Association (AWA) days, Okerlund was given the nickname “Mean Gene” by Jesse “The Body” Ventura – an irony, considering that throughout the years, many wrestlers and promotion staff considered Okerlund the friendliest person in the game. Okerlund was a close friend of Bobby Heenan, Hulk Hogan and The Iron Sheik. Okerlund served as best man at the Iron Sheik’s wedding.

Gene Okerlund,  Mean Gene’s Burgers

Gene Okerlund name has been associated with fast food concept, Mean Gene’s Burgers, the brainchild of food-distributor Orion Food Systems (headed by two of Okerlund’s nephews), which were popular in college campuses including Duke University and West Virginia University, as well as a chain of pizzerias located within bowling alleys, Mean Gene’s Pizza. The Foodchains are owned by Hot Stuff Foods, which was headed by two of his nephews. In Early 2006, Okerlund and Hot Stuff split. Okerlund and one of the nephews were planning to start their own food company on the brands, but Hot Stuff sued, claiming they had “Mean Gene” trademarked. Okerlund lost, with the judge saying that Okerlund can’t use the name “Mean Gene” for his new food company. Okerlund succeeded in canceling the trademark registrations held by Orion but remains enjoined from competing with Orion.

Mean Gene Okerlund Wife, Jeanne E. Okerlund and Children

Okerlund married his wife Jeanne E. Okerlund on 27th March 1964. The couple has been together for a record 54 years and has two grown children (Todd and Hulk Hogan). Gene’s son Todd starred on the University of Minnesota ice hockey team from 1983 to 1987. Todd played on the 1988 United States Olympics team that competed in Calgary. He played four games with the NHL’s New York Islanders. A chronic knee injury ultimately forced his early retirement.

Mean Gene Okerlund Health Issues

Okerlund has had two kidney transplants, his first in 1995 and his second in 2004, one of which he received from his wife.

Mean Gene Okerlund Death and Cause

Okerlund died on 2nd January 2019 at the age of 76. Before his death, He spent most of his time in Sarasota, Florida. The cause of death is not yet known.

Paying Tribute to the legendary American professional wrestling interviewer, announcer and wrestler, Hulk Hogan wrote: “Mean Gene I love you my brother HH”

WWE said in a statement: “WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Gene Okerlund, the most recognizable interviewer in sports-entertainment history, has passed away at age 76.”

 

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