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Former WWE manager Frenchy Martin passes away

Sad news as PWInsider passed along word from Canadian writer & wrestling historian Bertrand Herbert that Jean "Frenchy Martin" Gagne passed away earlier this morning.

Best known to long-time WWE fans as Dino Bravo's heel manager from the 1980s, Martin also worked in his native Canada for Stampede Wrestling and in Puerto Rico before joining the McMahon's promotion, where he also performed commentary and did interviews for international broadcasts.

The 66 year died in hospice. It was the end of his battle with cancer.

World Wrestling Council (WWC) in Puerto Rico dedicated their Anniversario shows this past weekend to Martin, who recently told the The Montreal Journal:

I led an extraordinary life. I am proud to have succeeded in the world of wrestling. I am no more worthy than another, but I'm not afraid of death. I accept the result.

WWE confirmed the news, and sent along these thoughts:

WWE is saddened to learn that Jean Gagné, known to WWE fans as Frenchy Martin, has passed away.

Though he began his WWE career as a competitor, Martin is best remembered for his time as the manager of the mighty Dino Bravo. Donning a brash monocle and a sequined beret, Martin helped his fellow French Canadian find success in 1987, while enraging American fans by carrying around a sign that read “USA Is Not OK.” Martin’s ringside antics made him a memorable face of WWE in the late ’80s despite a relatively brief run.

WWE extends its condolences to Gagné’s family, friends and fans.

Everyone in the Cageside community echoes WWE’s sentiment. We send our thoughts and prayers to Frenchy’s family and friends, and thank him posthumously for entertaining us over the years.

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