Wrestling great Nick Bockwinkel dead at 80

Professional wrestling has lost another legend. Nick Bockwinkel, a star for decades, died Saturday night.

"WWE is saddened to learn that Nick Bockwinkel, a WWE Hall of Famer and four time AWA World Heavyweight Champion, has passed away at age 80," the WWE said in a press release.

Bockwinkel was a football player at the University of Oklahoma. His career took a detour after a knee injury and he wound up becoming one of the greats of the ring.

He began his career in 1955 and during the 32-year ring run won numerous championships.

The cause of death has not been released.

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