Harley Race Passes Away At Age 76

New World Champion Harley Race is a retired American professional wrestler

New World Champion Harley Race is a retired American professional wrestler

World Wrestling Entertainment officials tweeted, "WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Harley Race passed away today at age 76".

In the interview, Race described what it meant to be an NWA champion. The 2004 WWE Hall of Famer is also one of six men to have been inducted into each of the WWE, NWA, Wrestling Observer Newsletter and Pro Wrestling Halls of Fame.

We lost a true ledend today; one of the toughest men and one of the greatest champions our sport has ever known. WWE, NWA, and AEW have all issued statements as well as many pro wrestling fans and wrestlers themselves.

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On Race's personal Twitter, a statement confirmed his death.

Back on March 1 this year, Race's old rival and close friend Ric Flair announced the star was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.

Race was in poor health for some time, hospitalized prior to a convention appearance last month. He Will Be Greatly Missed, But Always Remembered By Myself And So Many Others.

He jumped to World Championship Wrestling in 1990 as an in-ring performer, but transitioned to a managerial role the following year, helping to lead Lex Luger to the world title.

A week later, Harley was released from the hospital, but he was not out of the woods just yet. Great news came yesterday.

AWE, WWE and individual professional wrestlers sent out heartfelt messages detailing what the loss of Harley meant to them personally, and to the sport of wrestling as a whole. She wrote, "I will always remember Harley Race as one of the toughest S.O.B's to ever walk the Earth, who also took the time to personally pick out a pair of earrings for my newborn daughter".

Race is an eight-time National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Champion.

In 1960, Race's pregnant wife, Vivian Jones, died in a vehicle crash that almost cost Race a leg.

Race began his career as a teenager in 1960, wrestling in territories such as St. Louis and Nashville.

He was later married to Beverley Ann "BJ" Race, who passed away at the age of 60 from a pneumonia in 2009.

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