The wrestling community is grieving the loss of a true icon, Lanny Poffo, who passed away at the age of 68. Poffo was recognized by fans as "The Genius" and "Leaping" Lanny Poffo in the world of professional wrestling, according to WWE's website.
Lanny Poffo made his first appearance in the WWE in 1985, alongside his brother and WWE Hall of Famer, "Macho Man" Randy Savage. He started his career as "Leaping" Lanny Poffo and quickly became a fan-favorite.
Poffo then went on to take on the persona of "The Genius," a character that was loved by wrestling fans for his poetic recitations and his playful antics of tossing frisbees into the crowd, as noted by WWE.
WWE expressed their sadness over Poffo's passing in a statement on Twitter, "WWE is saddened to learn that Lanny Poffo, best known to sports-entertainment fans as The Genius, passed away at 68 years of age. WWE extends its condolences to Poffo's family, friends, and fans."
WWE Hall of Famer, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, also paid tribute to his dear friend Poffo on social media, saying "With a very, very heavy heart, I've been asked to let everyone know about the passing of our friend and colleague Lanny Poffo, The Genius. RIP Lanny."
Throughout his career, Poffo competed against some of the biggest names in the wrestling industry, including Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, and The Ultimate Warrior, as reported by TMZ.
With a very, very heavy heart, I've been asked to let everyone know about the passing of our friend and colleague Lanny Poffo, The Genius.
RIP Lanny pic.twitter.com/4ve4J2HSHT— Hacksaw Jim Duggan (@RealHacksawJim) February 2, 2023
Lanny Poffo's legacy in the wrestling world will live on, as fans remember his talent, his character, and his passion for the sport that he loved so much. His impact on the industry and the memories he created will never be forgotten.