Patient Patterson died at the age of 79: Dwayne Johnson, John Cena and others react to the death of the legendary wrestler

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This week the wrestling world has lost a legend.

Patient Patterson, who is credited with founding the Royal Rumble and was the first man to win the prestigious Intercontinental Championship, died at the age of 79. Shortly after the grim news on Wednesday morning, the wrestling world collectively mourned the loss of one of the greats.

Patterson, whose civil name was Pierre Clermont, was very popular with wrestlers, organizers and those who worked with him in the past and present. The legendary wrestler and backstage producer began with the news of his passing on Twitter, when fans and colleagues from the industry shared thoughts and stories about Patterson.

“A great wrestler, he and Ray were unsurpassed, a fabulous spirit, caring and thoughtful, always had a smile on his face. To name but a few of many! The last thing I can remember is him saying to me, “She’s so damn good, Ricky, are you sure she’s your daughter? RIP Pat!” wrote Ric Flair.

He was a great wrestler, he and Ray were unsurpassed, a fabulous spirit, caring and thoughtful, always had a smile on his face. To name but a few of many! The last thing I can remember is him saying to me, “She’s so damn good, Ricky, are you sure she’s your daughter? RIP Pat! pic.twitter.com/KHzabO7v7G

– Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) December 2, 2020

“Loss is incredibly difficult. Those we love are only really gone when we stop worrying. Pat Patterson lived life as it should be, with passion, love and purpose. He helped so many and always entertained with a story or a joke. He will always live on in my life. I love you, Patrick,” wrote John Cena.

A loss is incredibly hard. The ones we love are only really gone when we stop worrying. Pat Patterson lived life as it should be lived with passion, love and purpose. He helped so many and always entertained with a story or a joke. He will always live on in my life. I love you, Patrick.

– John Cena (@JohnCena) December 2, 2020

“Sad to hear the news about Pat Patterson Joining WWE in 2002 was a “unique” situation. Pat was one of the first to make a big effort to make me really feel at home. We shared many hours, stories and yes a cocktail or 2nd RIP Pat. You did it your way,” Eric Bischoff wrote.

Sad to hear the news about Pat Patterson. Coming to WWE in 2002 was a “unique” situation. Pat was one of the first to come out of himself and really made me feel at home. We shared many hours, stories and yes a cocktail or 2nd RIP Pat. You did it your way.

– Eric Bischoff (@EBischoff) December 2, 2020

“pat patterson i do not know what i am supposed to say except that i love you. YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL MIND FOR THIS BUSINESS AND A BEAUTIFUL HEART FOR THIS WORLD. MY HEART IS BROKEN. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP,” wrote the Iron Sheikh.

father patterson i do not know what i am to say except that i love you. YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL SPIRIT FOR THIS BUSINESS AND A WONDERFUL HEART FOR THIS WORLD. MY HEART IS BROKEN. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP #rip pic.twitter.com/XASbSUG0qO

– The Iron Sheikh (@the_ironsheik) December 2, 2020

The current wrestlers were also moved to say a few words about Patterson. Many thanked him for his contribution to the business, while others, like WWE superstar Kevin Owens, recorded a short video to express his feelings about the death of the legend.

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– Kevin (@FightOwensFight) December 2, 2020

Patterson’s work and contributions to wrestling have touched even those who are not in the business, including some notable names in comedy and Hollywood.

“Seeing Patterson sing “My Way” with one of @TheMarkHenry’s children is still one of the most beautiful memories I have. Rest as a legend,” wrote comedian Ron Funches.

Watching Pat Patterson sing “My Way” with one of @TheMarkHenry’s children is still one of the sweetest memories I have. Get some rest, legend. https://t.co/QLNZJYdqfr

– Funch (@RonFunches) December 2, 2020

And, of course, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had to share his thoughts about the passing of Mr. Patterson on Instagram. A touching tribute to the man who helped bring him to the attention of Vince McMahon and, as Johnson put it, “the rest is history”.

Washington Newsday sends its condolences to the family and friends of Pat Patterson.

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