WWE icon Bruno Sammartino, longest reigning champion dies at 82

Hall of Fame wrestler Bruno Sammartino is dead

Hall of Fame wrestler Bruno Sammartino is dead

Bruno Sammartino, a WWE Hall of Famer who is not only known as "The Living Legend", but is seen by many as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, has passed away.

Bruno Sammartino, 82, passed away at his home in Pittsburgh on April 18, according to CBS Pittsburgh.

He had allegedly been dealing with health issues the past few months.

The pair hid in a mountain called Valla Rocca before they eventually made their way to the United States in 1950.

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Four years later, Sammartino defeated Buddy Rogers in less than a minute in the old Madison Square Garden to become the WWE's second champion. He held that title for nearly eight years - he still holds the record for longest reign ever in the history of wrestling.

Bruno was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013 after a rocky relationship with the company. He leaves behind a wife, Carol, who he was married to for almost 60 years, and three children.

Sammartino's eleven-year reign as champion is the longest reign of all time, regardless of the the wrestling organization.

Triple H tweeted: "Devastated to hear the passing of a true icon, legend, great, honest and wonderful man. If we went 10 minutes or even over 20 minutes, you can bet there would always be action in the ring".

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The City of Pittsburgh, where Sammartino lived during his adult life, took to Twitter to honor the legend: "We lost another legend today".

"I grew up watching Bruno".

Sammartino endured a tough childhood growing up during the World War II in Abruzzi, Italy where the country was under Nazi occupation.

"My thoughts are with his entire family". During his tenure with the World Wide Wrestling Federation (which would be renamed the WWF/WWE) he'd sell out Madison Square Garden 187 times. My condolences to Bruno's friends, family, and countless fans. I got to know Bruno in his latter years, after he retired from the then WWWF.

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