WWE issued this statement on the passing of former wrestler and manager Frenchy Martin, who died Friday at the age of 66.
WWE is saddened to learn that Jean Gagné, known to WWE fans as Frenchy Martin, has passed away.
Though he began his WWE career as a competitor, Martin is best remembered for his time as the manager of the mighty Dino Bravo. Donning a brash monocle and a sequined beret, Martin helped his fellow French Canadian find success in 1987, while enraging American fans by carrying around a sign that read “USA Is Not OK.” Martin’s ringside antics made him a memorable face of WWE in the late ’80s despite a relatively brief run.
WWE extends its condolences to Gagné’s family, friends and fans.
According to PWInsider.com, Martin passed away this morning at 7:25 a.m., several weeks after going into hospice care following a battle with cancer.
“I led an extraordinary life,” Martin told Le Journal de Montréal last month. “I am proud to have succeeded in the world of wrestling. I am no more worthy than another, but I’m not afraid of death. I accept the result.”
Martin began his career in 1971 Canada, primarily in Stampede Wrestling, and would go to work for World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico. WWC dedicated its Anniversario events over the weekend to Martin.