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Blackjack Lanza has died at 86 … hailed as ‘one of the greatest minds in the business’

Blackjack Lanza has died at 86 … pro wrestling legend hailed as ‘one of the greatest minds in the business’


Pro wrestler Blackjack Lanza has died at 86, WWE boss Vince McMahon said Wednesday.

‘Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Jack Lanza,’ McMahon said on social media. ‘He was a man’s man, respected and beloved by all. He worked for and loved WWE for many years. His loyalty and dedication will never be forgotten.’

The grappler, who was inducted into WWE’s Hall of Fame in 2006, wrestled in a tag team called The Blackjacks with the late Blackjack Mulligan; he later worked as a road agent for the organization.

The latest: Pro wrestler Blackjack Lanza has died at 86, WWE boss Vince McMahon said Wednesday

His cause of death has not been revealed, TMZ reported. 

Across the wrestling landscape, a number of Lanza’s peers paid memorial to their late colleague.

Legendary announcer Jim Ross tweeted, ‘Just heard from old, Winnipeg friend Bob Holliday that Jack Lanza has passed away at the age of 86. Jack was our lead agent during the Attitude Era. Helluva hand.’

Triple H lauded Lanza’s abilities as a road agent for the wrestling organization.

The grappler was inducted into WWE's Hall of Fame in 2006

The grappler was inducted into WWE’s Hall of Fame in 2006 

WWE boss Vince McMahon paid tribute to the late pro wrestling personality

WWE boss Vince McMahon paid tribute to the late pro wrestling personality 

Legendary announcer Jim Ross took to Twitter to remember Lanza

Legendary announcer Jim Ross took to Twitter to remember Lanza 

‘Certain talent will seek certain agents for advice, but EVERYONE sought out Lanza’s,’ he wrote. ‘The sweetest man but incredibly tough & 100% dedicated to making us better.

‘Jack often didn’t tell you what you wanted to hear, but ALWAYS told you what you needed. I’ll miss you dearly my friend.’

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