A cause of death was not immediately available.
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A WWE Hall of Famer, Okerlund began his career in radio and local TV, and became an announcer with American Wrestling Associations in the early 1970s. He joined what would become the WWE in 1984, where, as the WWE notes, he became a national cable presence through interviews with such wrestling superstars as Hulk Hogan (who inducted Okerlund into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006), “Macho Man” Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior, among many others.
Okerlund moved over to WWE rival World Championship Wrestling in 1993, where as the lead interviewer he posed questions to an expanding roster of familiar pros, including Diamond Dallas Page and Goldberg.
Though he was probably best known for his interviews, Okerlund provided ringside commentary and hosted wrestling programs such as All-American Wrestling, Tuesday Night Titans, Wrestling Challenge and Prime Time Wrestling. In 1985, he sang the National Anthem at the first WrestleMania, and later that year sing “Tutti Frutti” on WWE’s The Wrestling Album.
He returned to WWE in 2001 for the Gimmick Battle Royal at WrestleMania 17 and continued to appear on such WWE television programs as WWE Network’s Legends’ House. More recently, one year ago this month Okerlund appeared on the WWE’s 25th anniversary episode of Raw.