Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, one of the most memorable managers in the history of professional wrestling, passed away yesterday at the age of 73.
Heenan had been battling throat cancer for the past 15 years since 2002.
He enjoyed early success in the World Wrestling Association (WWA) and the American Wrestling Association (AWA), Heenan was signed by the WWE in 1984. His first managerial client, as part of the promotion, was WWE Hall of Famer Big John Studd.
As a manager, Heenan formed the "Heenan Family" featuring wrestling superstars Andre the Giant, Ric Flair, Paul Orndorff, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect and Harley Race. Heenan and his "family" mentioned above are all in the WWE Hall of Fame. Heenan was inducted in 2004.
Heenan's charisma, quick wit and entertaining style as manager eventually led to a long time position as announcer alongside with Gorilla Monsoon, Mean Gene Okerlund and others.
Heenan left the WWE and joined WCW in 1994 but returned to the WWE when Vince McMahon bought out WCW in 2001 at WrestleMania 17 alongside Mean Gene Okerlund. They served as guest commentators for the Gimmick Battle Royal (video below), a match featuring 19 WWE alumni.
Check out some highlights of Bobby Heenan's career below.