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WWE Announces Larry 'The Axe' Hennig Has Died at Age 82

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 6, 2018

Credit: WWE.com

Wrestling legend Larry "The Axe" Hennig died at age 82, WWE confirmed Thursday. 

Hennig's grandson, who wrestles with WWE as Curtis Axel, posted a statement about his death on Twitter:

Curtis Axel @RealCurtisAxel

On behalf of the whole Hennig Family, thank you for your thoughts and prayers! https://t.co/fi5uqWvB5i

According to WWE, Hennig suffered from a lengthy illness as well as kidney failure.

Hennig is a legend in his own right as a result of his time with the American Wrestling Association, where he was a four-time tag team champion. His bigger legacy, though, came as the patriarch of the Hennig wrestling family, which includes Axel and Axel's father, "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig. 

Given his place in wrestling history, many spoke fondly of Hennig on social media:

Sean Waltman @TheRealXPac

I heard so many great Larry "The Axe" Henning stories while travelling with Curt I could write a book. I also have a few great memories of my own. No one looked up to their father more than Mr Perfect did The Axe! #RIPLarryHennig https://t.co/ND8TlnysnW

Mike Mooneyham @ByMikeMooneyham

The bad week for pro wrestling continues as we bid farewell to one of the nicest guys in the business with the passing of Larry "The Axe" Hennig. https://t.co/uRFNgWpOeZ

Eric Bischoff @EBischoff

My sincerest condolences to the Hennig family on the passing of Larry ‘The Axe’ Hennig. Too many memories and thoughts to express here, but this one hits home. We spent a little time together this summer. I wish I would have spent more.

Tommy Dreamer @THETOMMYDREAMER

Larry The Axe Hennig just looked like a tough man. Saw him later in his career Heaven is united & PERFECT Celebrate his career watch him AWA @WWENetwork https://t.co/u3kg8hWvpG

Curt Hennig earned a posthumous induction into WWE's Hall of Fame in 2007, four years after his death in 2003. Larry Hennig was among the family's representatives on stage to formally accept Mr. Perfect's induction.

When WWE brought the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view to Minneapolis in 2014, Hennig was on hand to accompany Axel and Ryback to the ring for a tag team match against Cody Rhodes and Goldust.

In addition to his lengthy spell with AWA, WWE noted Hennig unsuccessfully challenged Bruno Sammartino for what was then Sammartino's WWWF title.

According to the Internet Wrestling Database, Hennig last wrestled for the AWA in 1985, teaming with Mr. Perfect in a losing effort against the Road Warriors.

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