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WWE Hall Of Famer Pedro Morales Has Passed Away

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A legend in the WWE has passed away. The WWE released a statement announcing Hall of Fame wrestler Pedro Morales has passed away at the age of 76.

The Puerto Rican native moved to New York at a young age before making his wrestling debut at just 17-years-old. It didn't take long for Morales to cement his status as one of the brightest young wrestlers in the business and the WWE took notice.

Morales eventually took home the belt from Ivan Koloff at Madison Square Garden. He held the title for nearly three years - the fourth-longest streak behind Bruno Sammartino and Hulk Hogan - and developed a significant following among New York City's growing Hispanic population.

He became the WWE's first Latino champion.

Morales announced his retirement from wrestling in 1987 and went on to become a commentator for the WCW and WWE's Spanish announcing teams.

He was inducted into the sport's Hall of Fame in 1995. Morales was the WWE's first Triple Crown Champion and left a significant legacy behind in the heavyweight division.

Our thoughts are with the Morales family and WWE community.