The sports and entertainment world has just lost a hall of fame star. According to reports, Pedro Morales has passed away.
Morales died at the age of 76. He is best known for his Hall of Fame career with the WWE. The famous wrestler was originally born in Puerto Rico and came to America at a young age.
As a young boy, he loved watching wrestling on television. His hard work paid off and he realized his dream to be a successful athlete in the WWE.
"In 1970, Morales won the WWE Championship from Ivan Koloff at Madison Square Garden and established himself as an icon for Hispanic Americans, especially in New York City and the rest of the northeast United States," wrote Fox News.
"Morales became a wrestling legend in 1972 when he took on close friend Bruno Sammartino at the first-ever Showdown at Shea Supercard at Shea Stadium. A whopping 22,000 fans watch the match, which lasted 75 minutes before refs called it a draw due to the strict 11 p.m. athletic event curfew," according to Fox.
Pedro held onto his championship title for almost three years. In the later years of his career, he was also a champion of the World Tag Team contest as well as Intercontinental Championships.
Fans and fellow wrestlers took to social media to express their condolences upon learning of Pedro's passing. One of the most iconic wrestlers of the WWE, Brett Hart, commented on the news.
"Goodbye to a great friend. One of the kindest, wisest wrestlers I ever knew. When I first started in WWE, he told me: 'You can’t stop talent.' I followed those words for the rest of my career. RIP Pedro Morales," Bret Hart tweeted.
Please join us in praying for Pedro's family and friends as they mourn his loss. We ask that God's healing mercy surround and comfort them during this time.
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