OUR MONTHLY DEATH-IN-WRESTLING FEATURE: Legendary WWF wrestler and manager Fred Blassie, one of the most hated (yet beloved) villains in the history of sports entertainment, passed away earlier today at the age of 85.
(Yes, someone involved in wrestling lived past his forties. It happens.)
Blassie had been hospitalized for a few weeks with kidney and heart problems, and his condition had been grave for the past week.
If nothing else, Blassie will be remembered as the man who coined the insult "pencil-necked geek". He also co-starred with Andy Kaufmann in the 1981 film My Breakfast With Blassie, which you can read more about here.
You can learn even more about Classy Freddie Blassie -- The Hollywood Fashion Plate -- via this link. Or this one. Rest in peace.