Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2020/12/02/pat-patterson-passes-away-at-the-age-of-79/
WWE announced via their social media platforms that WWE Hall Of Famer and the inaugural WWF Intercontinental Champion Pat Patterson has passed away at the age of 79. Patterson’s career in pro wrestling began over six decades ago. He started with the World Wrestling Federation in the 70s and would remain with the company for the remainder of his career.
After retiring from in-ring competition in the 80s, Patterson began working in a backstage role in the company and is credited as the mind behind the Royal Rumble concept. Throughout the 90s and 2000s, Patterson would make a number of on-screen appearances in various roles. In 2019, he won the 24/7 Championship during the RAW Reunion special.
Patterson was also respected for being open about his sexuality in the early 70s by those who knew him personally, though it was never made public until he officially revealed the news while on the WWE Network series ‘Legend’s House’. Patterson’s partner was Louis Dondero.
WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson has passed away. https://t.co/SDMTR6skZn
— WWE (@WWE) December 2, 2020
Patterson won a handful of championships in the territorial days of pro wrestling. Tributes came raining in as the news of his passing was announced.
POST Wrestling would like to send our condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Pat Patterson.