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WWE Hall of Famer Mae Young Passes Away at Age 90
The official WWE website is able to confirm that legendary wrestling figure Johnnie Mae Young passed away after being taken off of life support. She passed away January 14th, 2014 at the age of 90 after being hospitalized December 30th due to an undisclosed illness. The website goes on to say:
WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of WWE Hall of Famer Johnnie Mae Young. Forever Young: The life and times of Johnnie Mae Young One of the original WWE Divas, Young began her sports entertainment career in 1939, and went on to perform in the ring for an unprecedented eight decades. In addition to her many in-ring achievements, Young became a trainer for many female sports entertainers, including WWE Hall of Famer The Fabulous Moolah. Young was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008. In March 2013, WWE Superstars and fans joined Young to celebrate her 90th birthday live on Monday Night Raw. WWE sends its deepest condolences to Young’s family, friends and fans.
Her last WWE appearance was in March 4th, 2013, where her 90th birthday was being celebrated live. After the show ended, she was presented with a replica of the WWE Divas Championship, proclaiming her “Forever the Divas Champion.” She had held the NWA Florida Women’s Champion, NWA United States Women’s Championship, and the NWA Women’s World Tag Team Championship (with Ella Waldek) one time each, and she has been inducted into both the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008, and the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2004. While her passing has been felt throughout the entire wrestling community, she is fondly remembered as being an incredible woman, and possibly the toughest female wrestler of all time. One of her more famous moments came when the Dudley Boys powerbombed her through a table. In her eighties. We’ll all miss you Mae, thank you for everything you’ve done for us. Rest in peace.