WWE Hall of Famer Mae Young has passed away according to WWE.com.
The 90 year old had been under hospice care following a recent fall and several health complications. The decision was made last week to “allow natural death” which was confused with switching off life support.
Young has been in the business since the 30s and is known as one of the toughest female grapplers in wrestling history. However modern fans will know her best when she was given a run with the WWE during the Attitude Era as a comedy character. She has made sporadic appearances ever since.
Bully Ray who famously put her through a table on RAW shared the story with Sam Roberts last year:
Mae Young’s last match came in 2010 when she won a Falls Count Anywhere handicap match against LayCool, becoming the first person ever to wrestle in nine different decades!
WWE have posted up their own tribute video on Youtube:
Vince McMahon issued the following statement:
“There will never be another Mae Young. Her longevity in sports entertainment may never be matched, and I will forever be grateful for all of her contributions to the industry. On behalf of WWE, I extend our sincerest condolences to her family and friends.”
Stephanie McMahon wrote on Twitter:
“#RIPTheOneandOnlyGreatMaeYoung A true pioneer and legend has passed tonight. Long live the memory of my friend and @WWE Hall of Famer.”