The world of professional wrestling is in mourning over the loss of one of the legends of the sport.
Eight-time World Heavyweight Champion and WWE Hall of Famer Harley Race died Thursday afternoon at the age of 76.
Race had been battling lung cancer since March and had been dealing with numerous health problems over the past several years.
In a career that spanned over four decades, Race was one of the greatest to ever step into the ring.
His best run came when he was in the National Wrestling Alliance from 1970 to 1984 in which he was their heavyweight champion a record eight times. He also had classic feuds against Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, and Dory Funk Jr. Race wrestled for WWE from 1986 to 1989 as a member of Hall of Fame manager Bobby Heenan’s stable “The Heenan Family”. He won the King of the Ring Tournament in 1986 and also wrestled against the Junkyard Dog in front of 93,000 fans in Pontiac, Michigan for Wrestlemania III.
For his accolades in the ring, Race was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004 and was inducted twice into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame as both a singles wrestler and as part of the tag-team with Larry “The Axe” Henning that won four tag-team championships together.
Race was preceded in death by his first wife Vivian who died in 1960 and also his fourth wife Beverly who died of pneumonia in 2009. He is survived by his three children and five grandchildren.
All of us at BIGPLAY express our condolences to the Race family, his friends, and wrestling fans.