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Entertainment Pat Patterson, WWE Legend and First Openly Gay Wrestling Superstar, Dies at 79

07:40  04 december  2020
07:40  04 december  2020 Source:   thewrap.com

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Canadian professional wrestling star Pat Patterson , the first openly gay performer in the industry, has died at the age of 79 , officials say. Patterson , who created the original format for the popular Royal Rumble event, "left an indelible mark" on wrestling , the WWE said in a statement.

Patterson -- who considered himself wrestling 's " first gay superstar " -- was a key part of WWE for decades, widely known as Vince McMahon's right-hand man. He began wrestling in the 1950s -- and finally joined up with WWE in the late '70s, where he famously engaged in a series of awesome

Pat Patterson holding a sign © TheWrap Pat Patterson

Pat Patterson, a WWE and WWF legend and the first openly gay pro-wrestling superstar, has died. He was 79.

Patterson, who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996 by Bret "Hitman" Hart, was the first-ever Intercontinental Champion. Later, Patterson created the popular Royal Rumble Match.

"WWE is saddened to learn that Pat Patterson has passed away at the age of 79," the organization said in a statement. "WWE extends its condolences to Patterson's family and friends."

Patterson was a cast member on 2014 reality TV series "WWE Legends' House."

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Pro wrestling trailblazer Pat Patterson has died at the age of 79 . WWE announced the passing of the Hall of He was the first -ever intercontinental champion for the WWF — now known as WWE — before Patterson legally changed his name to Pat Patterson in 2008. Patterson was openly gay

The first openly gay pro wrestling star , WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson , whose record-breaking career spanned six decades, died . The wrestler ’s legacy was captured in his 2016 autobiography, “Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE ,” a chronicle about his life inside and out of

Patterson, born Pierre Clermont in 1941, published a memoir in 2016 titled "Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE." And boy did he change WWE.

After effectively retiring from actually wrestling, Patterson provided commentary for the WWE/WWF and produced matches for other wrestlers. Patterson could often be found manning the all-important "Gorilla Position" backstage. "Gorilla," named after WWF legend Gorilla Monsoon, is where key members of WWE production sit directly behind the curtain separating backstage from the arena. It is where last-minute match decisions are made, and where accolades or advice is dispersed following a match.

Patterson was considered WWE Chairman Vince McMahon's right-hand man for much of the company's growth.

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Legendary wrestler Pat Patterson has died , WWE announced Wednesday. Patterson began his career in 1958 and was a trailblazer in the world of wrestling as the first openly gay wrestling star -- something he spoke about in his autobiography "Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed

WWE legend Pat Patterson is dead at the age of 79 . Patterson , born Pierre Clermont, had long been battling cancer before his death. He was known as WWE ’s first gay superstar . Patterson , a Montreal native, started his pro wrestling career in Canada in 1958 before establishing himself in the

Patterson began his wrestling career in 1958 in his native Canada. He would go on to win the AWA Tag Team Championship with Ray Stevens in 1978.

Patterson's most memorable in-ring rivalry was vs. Sgt. Slaughter in what was then the WWF. The two had heated Boot Camp Matches as well as an iconic Alley Fight at New York City's Madison Square Garden, which is considered the Mecca of professional wrestling.

Louie Dondero, Patterson's partner, died in 1998.

Patterson was beloved by many — though perhaps no one more than the first family of WWE, The McMahons.

"I can not express how crushed I feel right now with the loss of Pat Patterson," WWE executive and part-time wrestler Shane McMahon wrote on Twitter. "A true member of my family, mentor and dear friend. I love you Pat. God speed."

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Pat Patterson died at 79 -years-oldCredit: WWE . Patterson considered himself as wrestling 's " first gay superstar " and was an icon in the industry. He started his wrestling career in 1958 in his homeland of Canada and later joined the WWE in the 1979.

WWE legend Pat Patterson , who came out publicly as gay in 2014 though his sexual orientation was known by those in the business for years, has died at the age of 79 . TMZ adds: “In his book — “Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE ” — Patterson explained how the Rumble

"I'm deeply grateful to have grown up with @WWE Hall of Famer, the first-ever Intercontinental Champion, the father of the #RoyalRumble and the first openly gay wrestler of his generation," Shane's sister Stephanie McMahon, the chief brand officer of WWE, penned. "Thank you for teaching me how to not take it all so seriously. Abooze."

"No words can describe what he gave to us," her husband Paul "Triple H" Levesque, a former in-ring great and the person currently in charge of NXT, wrote. "His body as an in-ring performer, his mind as a storyteller, and his spirit as a beloved member of our large @WWE family. I will miss him for so many reasons… it's never goodbye, it's see ya down the road. Love you, Pat. Abooze."

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