R.I.P. To Bobby "The Brain" Heenan: 1944 - 2017
A dark cloud hovers over the professional wrestling world today, as one of the most beloved characters in history has checked out way too soon. But the memories of Bobby "The Brain" Heenan still live on, proving that even the darkest clouds have silver linings.
Commentator Jim Ross broke the news on his Twitter account today.
"Nobody ever did it better than the Wease," wrote Ross.
Heenan was 73 years old and is survived by his wife Cynthia Jean, their daughter Jessica and grandson Austin.
There is no other way to put this: Bobby Heenan was GREAT. Without a doubt for me, the best color commentator of all time and by all accounts an even better wrestling manager. To say his voice and his humor wasn't apart of some of my most memorable moments watching professional wrestling would be an extreme disservice to him. His times in mid-1990s WWF and later on with Tony Schiavone in WCW really defined for me a distinct voice for my wrestling fandom. And this is me saying that without seeing him in the majority of his prime with NIck Bockwinkel in the AWA (where by all accounts is where "The Brain" really flourished). After wrestling, he truly had a hard hand dealt to him and it's such a sad thing to see anyone, especially him with such personality, humor and talent, go through.
R.I.P. to you, Bobby. Thanks for everything.