The wrestling world has suffered yet another loss, as WWE legend ”The Axe” Larry Hennig has passed away at the age of 82 today. PW Insider confirmed this sad news of Hennig’s passing.

He was a former AWA Tag Team Champion, the grandfather to WWE Superstar Curtis Axel and the father to the late WWE Hall of Famer “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig.

Both Curtis Axel and WWE have released statements after Hennig’s passing. WWE’s statement noted that Hennig passed due to a long illness and kidney failure.

Here is what WWE’s statement.

Larry “The Axe” Hennig passes away

WWE is saddened to learn that legendary Superstar and Hennig family patriarch Larry “The Axe” Hennig passed away today at 82 years old following a long illness and kidney failure.

A five-time tag team champion in the AWA, Hennig entered the sports-entertainment world under the tutelage of Verne Gagne and crossed paths with some of the most illustrious performers of all time. Most famously, Hennig was among Bruno Sammartino’s challengers for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the hallowed halls of Madison Square Garden.

Though his own career was cut short due to injury, Hennig’s legacy spanned another two generations thanks to his son, the late WWE Hall of Famer Mr. Perfect, and grandson, former Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel.

WWE extends its condolences to Hennig’s family, friends and fans.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Hennig family and all of Larry’s friends and fans during this sad time.

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