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Professional Wrestling Icon Bruno Sammartino is Dead at 82

World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE, has announced via Twitter that wrestler Bruno Sammartino has passed on at age 82.

Throughout the 1960s and ’70s, Bruno Sammartino was a fixture in the sport. For eight years running, Sammartino was a a world champion for the former World Wide Wrestling Federation (now WWE). His title began after a match on May 17, 1963 where he defeated Buddy Rogers. After a brief interlude where he lost to Ivan Koloff at a match on January 18, 1971, Sammartino eventually reclaimed the title in December 1973. He would hold onto the world champion status for an additional three years. Sammartino is one of only five wrestlers with the Federation with such long-standing records.

His status as a wrestling icon was cemented with an induction to the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013, which recognized Sammartino’s accomplishments during his 30-year career. Arnold Schwarzenegger performed the honors.

Much like the (fictional) wrestling star Rocky Balboa, Sammartino was from Pennsylvania. He had immigrated to the Pittsburgh area from Italy. Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto mourned Sammartino’s passing and stated that he had been an excellent ambassador for the city.

Paul “Triple H” Levesque, an executive for WWE, also commented on Sammartino’s death. He took to Twitter, where he wrote that he was “devastated” to hear the news. Levesque called Sammartino “one of the toughest people I’ve ever met.”

Famous Fans Reflect on Adam West’s Death

Adam West died Friday night in Los Angeles at the age of 88. The actor, who famously played Batman in the 1960s series Batman, lost his brief battle with leukemia.


“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fan’s lives. He was and always will be our hero,” his family stated.


In recent years, West had become active in voice work. His dulcet tones graced Family Guy as the corrupt Major of Quahog since 2000. A man who was able to laugh at himself, he made guest appearances on The Big Bang Theory as well as The Simpsons. He returned to voicing the Caped Crusader in The New Adventures of Batman and Legends of the Superheroes.


The actor’s film appearances included 1959’s Young Philadelphians and 1964’s Robinson Crusoe on Mars.


When word of his death got out on Saturday, numerous stars, including Ben Affleck, Mark Hamill, Conan O’Brian, Seth McFarlane, Neil Gaiman, and Batman co-stars Burt Ward and Julie Newmar vocally celebrated West’s life.


Newmar referred to him as, “Exemplar… A knight to the end.”


Batman‘s Robin, Brian Ward expressed sorrow over losing his friend of over 50 years. “We shared some of the most fun times of our lives together,” he stated to The Hollywood Reporter.


In a tweet, McMarlane wrote: “Family Guy has lost its mayor, and I have lost a friend.”


And Affleck, the most recent thespian to helm the role of Batman, tweeted, “Adam West exemplified heroism… Thank you for showing us how it’s done.”


West, whose role as Batman limited his career in some ways, was clearly a hero to all who knew him. His legacy will continue on through the influence he had on others.


Adam West, “Batman” Actor, Dies at 88

Adam West, the actor most famous for playing Batman in the 1960s show, has died at the age of 88. According to a representative, he died from leukemia.


He made his professional debut in Hollywood by appearing in 1959s “The Young Philadelphians,” which had starred Paul Newman. He played supporting roles in a variety of tv shows and movies including 1965s “The Outlaws is Coming,” the last movie to star the Three Stooges.


In 1966, he starred in “Batman,” which featured a campy and comic take on the character. The show was known for its outrageous villains and quickly became a hit. While West had enjoyed playing the character, he chafed against the affects playing Batman had on his later career. Since he had been pigeonholed as a goofy superhero, he had trouble getting other parts. He also disliked the increasingly dark take on the character that developed during the 70s and 80s.


West provided the voice for Batman in various cartoons like 1977s “The New Adventures of Batman” and “The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians.” He later provided the voice for Mayor Grange in “The Batman” (2004-2008).


West had wanted to play Batman in Tim Burton’s 1989 movie, but he was considered too old at 60 for the part. Burton had considered casting him as Thomas Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s father instead.


In 1994, West wrote his autobiography, which was called “Back to the Batcave.” By now, West was considered a pop culture icon and appeared in several tv shows and movies. He played an aging action hero in some of these. In the 1990s show “Goosebumps,” he portrayed the Galloping Gazelle, a superhero on the brink of retirement.


West was married three times. His first two marriages soon ended in divorce, but his third marriage to Marcelle Lear lasted from 1970 to his death. He had two children by his second wife, two children by his third wife and two step-children by his third wife.

Adam West, TV’s ‘Batman,’ Dies at 88



Sir Roger Moore, 89, Dies in Switzerland

On May 23, Sir Roger Moore’s family announced that the actor had died from cancer in Switzerland. His children also announced that there would be a private funeral in Monaco as per his wishes.


Moore had been the second actor to play the super-spy James Bond, and he approached the role in a more humorous fashion than his predecessor Sean Connery had. Moore’s Bond was a suave and calm operator who made extricating himself from dangerous situations, often with a beautiful woman in tow, look easy. Moore played James Bond in seven movies: “Live and Let Die” (1973), “The Man with the Golden Gun” (1974), “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977), “Moonraker” (1979), “For Your Eyes Only” (1981), “Octopussy” (1983) and “A View to a Kill” (1985).


Before becoming James Bond, Moore appeared on television in a variety of roles including Simon Templar in the TV series “The Saint” (1962-1969) and Brett Sinclair in “The Persuaders!” (1971).


His first starring role was that of the title character in “Ivanhoe” (1958), a TV series loosely based on Sir Walter Scott’s novel set during the reign of King Richard the Lionheart. Moore’s character was a heroic knight.


Sir Roger was also known for his humanitarian work. Audrey Hepburn had introduced him to UNICEF in 1958, and he became a Goodwill Ambassador for the organization in 1991. He also helped PETA make a video that protested the making and sale of fois gras.


Moore was married three times, and he had three children by his third wife, Luisa Mattioli. Two of the children, Deborah and Geoffrey, followed in their parents’ footsteps and became actors, while the youngest, Christian, became a film producer.