WWE Hall of Famer Maurice “Mad Dog” Vachon passed away early this morning. He had not been in good health for some time. PWMania.com would like to extend its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Maurice Vachon.
Below is a portion of the report by Greg Oliver from Slam! Wrestling with more details on Vachon’s passing:
“Maurice “Mad Dog” Vachon, one of the greatest heels of all-time and a former Canadian Olympic wrestler, passed away this morning at 4 a.m. in Omaha, Nebraska. He was 84 years of age.
He had been in poor health for many years, much of it stemming from a 1987 hit-and-run accident, where Vachon was struck by a driver, which resulted in the amputation of his leg. Most recently, he battled memory issues.
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 Vachon. “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. She will know more about funeral arrangements later this afternoon; she expects the funeral to take place early next week in Nebraska.
With his wild, unpredictable style in the ring, growling voice, and wrestling skills to back up the barking, Mad Dog Vachon went from an Olympic wrestler, representing Canada at the 1948 Games in London, to one of the most hated — and beloved — professional wrestlers ever. He held countless championships, including the prestigious AWA World title, based out of Minneapolis.”
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