Just Just days after receiving word that Captain Lou Albano, 76, was admitted to a care home, the legendary wrestler and manager has died. He passed away in his sleep from a heart attack, but had also been fighting cancer.
Fans will remember Albano’s famed filled 80s run with the WWF, that saw him cross over in to movies as well as music, starring in Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” music video.
Captain Lou is also known for his portrayal of Nintendo video game character Mario, in the Super Mario Bros. Super Show!.
Here are some Classic Albano Memories:
Fellow manager Paul Heyman posted the follow remembrance on his blog:
There are so many “Albano” stories to tell, from the time he ran in his shorts and flip flops up 8th Avenue in New York City when his car broke down during a snow storm, and had hundreds of people following him to what was then known as The Howard Johnson’s Hotel where everyone stayed; to the time he got into a drinking contest with Andre The Giant at the hotel bar, took a Ric Flair-esque face bump into the top of a stool, cracked his head, and was knocked out cold … only to wake up when Don Muraco and Greg Valentine helped peel Lou off the floor. Lou ran outside, threw up all over the sidewalk (with half the remnants of his dinner prominently remaining on his hairy chest), came back inside, ordered another 3 rounds, turned to Andre and said “I get a 3 drink handicap for that bump!”
Albano’s WWE Stats:
Weight: 350 lbs.
From: Carmel, N.Y.
Career Highlights: United States Tag Team Champion; 1996 WWE Hall of Fame Inductee