WWE Hall of Famer Maurice “Mad Dog” Vachon passed away this morning at 84 years old reports SLAM! Wrestling.
Vachon was an accomplished amateur grappler, competing in the 1948 Olympics in London and winning gold at the 1950 British Empire Games in New Zealand.
During his pro career he was known as one of the premier heels and wrestled on top throughout the 60s in fellow Olympian Verne Gagne’s AWA.
Mad Dog’s brother and long-time tag team partner, Paul “The Butcher” Vachon, confirmed the death.
“This is not a pleasure call,” said Paul to Greg Oliver. “I just wanted to call and let you know first that my brother Mad Dog passed away this morning.”
“It was very peaceful,” said Maurice’s wife, Kathie, of his passing.
The wild brawler is a 5 time AWA Heavyweight Champion, and was inducted in to the WWE Hall of Fame in 2010. Younger fans may know him best as the adopted uncle of Luna Vachon. He also made appearances for the WWE in the 90s where his prosthetic leg was used as a prop in a couple of angles. He had to have it amputated after a hit and run in 1987.