R.I.P.: WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson Has Passed Away

Sergeant Slaughter Wrestling Pat Patterson (1941 - 2020)
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It’s a sad day for wrestling fans all over the world. 

Earlier today, it was announced that the legendary wrestler and WWE Hall of Famer, Pat Patterson has passed away after battling cancer. He was 79 years old.

Patterson began his wrestling career in 1958 and instantly became a trailblazer as being the first-ever openly gay wrestler. Throughout his career, Patterson became the very first Intercontinental champion and was the founder of WWE’s, Royal Rumble. 

Many of Patterson’s friends paid tribute to him on social media. See some of the posts below. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with Pat Patterson’s family and loved ones.