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Captain Lou Albano, Dead at 76

Okay, so it’s not MMA-related, per se, but for those of us who grew up on the WWF — or in the 1980s in general — it’s a sad day indeed. Legendary pro-wrestling performer/manager Captain Lou Albano (born Louis Vincent Albano) died today in Mount Vernon, New York, at the age of 76; he had been in hospice care for several weeks, battling an undisclosed illness.

Albano was best known for his work with the WWF/WWE from 1983-1996, where he appeared as a Hawaiian-shirt wearing loudmouth with rubber-bands dangling from his trademark facial piercings, and managed a laundry list of pro wrestling stars. His crossover stardom hit a peak in the mid-80s when he forged a co-promotional partnership with pop star Cyndi Lauper, appearing in four of her music videos. (Our personal favorite is the extended clip for "Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough," shown above, which also featured over-the-top cameos by Roddy Piper, the Iron Sheik, Freddie Blassie, and Andre the Giant.) Later, Albano parlayed his fame into acting roles, and released an autobiography titled Often Imitated, Never Duplicated. Rest in peace, wildman

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Sexyamas Orange Coat- October 15, 2009 at 2:25 am
What a shame he was awesome in Wiseguys !

R.I.P Captain.
agentsmith- October 14, 2009 at 3:23 pm
I'm playing with rubber bands in his honor as we speak.
molky brothers- October 14, 2009 at 3:21 pm
right on Mex and stfu FreddyFangers...

RIP Capt Lou
Seoul Brother- October 14, 2009 at 3:05 pm
Everybody pour out for the good Captain Lou. He will be missed.
NateGetsIrate- October 14, 2009 at 2:50 pm
@ HeHate:

Dude. Tapout R&D? What article are you reading?
HeHateMe- October 14, 2009 at 2:41 pm
I hope more MMA fighters go to Tapout R&D now...
Harry Russo- October 14, 2009 at 2:38 pm
RIP Captain Lou.
DaltonSwayze- October 14, 2009 at 2:35 pm
It's really too bad that there are so many insecure MMA fans out there that don't want to admit that Pro Wrestling is awesome when you're a little kid, and then you grow up and watch MMA. It's just kind of how it goes.

I mean, who the hell didn't watch wrestling?
Mex- October 14, 2009 at 2:29 pm
@FreddyFangers

I'm no trying to tell you how to post but I am going to tell you how to post.

First: Reenact 1 guy 1 cup then shrimp a mile along half a strip of Metaklett.

Second: Stop posting.

Just sayin'.
NateGetsIrate- October 14, 2009 at 2:21 pm
Well, fuck you Luigi!
shitbag- October 14, 2009 at 2:04 pm
Aw, man! That's a shame...1980s WWF was the best! My life revolved around wrestling in the early/mid 80s. (...then I got past age 10...)
FreddyFangers- October 14, 2009 at 2:03 pm
I'm not trying to tell you how to run your site but I am gonna tell you how to run your site....Aside from the MMA fighters that crossed over from pro wresting, dont post SHIT that has nothing to do with MMA and everything to do with WWE.....There are other sites for that.
Goat- October 14, 2009 at 1:58 pm
Swing your arms, from side to side, Captain Lou...swing those arms in peace my friend...
El Famous Burrito- October 14, 2009 at 1:46 pm
Yet Junie Browning lives on....


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