16-time AWA World Champion Verne Gagne passed away at the age of 89 due to Alzheimer’s. . He launched the careers of many great wrestling legends such as Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, and Shawn Michaels among them. Verne was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006. He is survived by his son, Greg, a wrestler in his own right. Verne will be missed by the pro wrestling community worldwide.