Howard Finkel, Legendary WWE ring announcer, dies at 69

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Howard Finkel

Howard Finkel, a long-time wrestling ring announcer and WWE Hall of Famer, has died, the organization announced on its website. He was 69.

Veteran ring announcer Howard Finkel has passed away at the age of 69, a statement from the WWE has confirmed.

The wrestling world was in mourning as news broke of the Hall of Famer’s death, with many considering him the ‘greatest ever’ ring announcer to grace the business.

The company has long considered Finkel its first-ever and longest-tenured employee. Vince J. McMahon, father of Vince K. McMahon, hired Finkel in 1975 when the promotion was still known as the World Wide Wrestling Federation.

He debut in Madison Square Garden in 1977.

Finkel made only sporadic appearances in later years. As time went on, Chimel and Garcia took over most of the announcing duties.

But he returned on-screen at every spring to introduce the WWE’s newest hall of fame class at that year’s WrestleMania. In 2009, WWE inducted him into that very hall.

Upon news of his passing, tributes poured in from across the wrestling industry.

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