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WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino has passed away at the age of 82.

The two-time WWWF Champion passed away at his home in Pittsburgh, PA this morning following a hospitalization, WWE announced Wednesday.

Sammartino is widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time and owns the longest reign as WWE champion in history (2,803 days), which he set from 1963 through 1971.



Statement by Mayor William Peduto on Bruno Sammartino

PITTSBURGH, PA (April 18, 2018) Mayor William Peduto released the following statement on the passing of wrestling legend and South Oakland native Bruno Sammartino: 
"Bruno Sammartino was one of the greatest ambassadors the city of Pittsburgh ever had. Like so many of us, his immigrant family moved here to build a new life, and through his uncommon strength and surprising grace he embodied the spirit of Pittsburgh on the world stage. 
Some of the fondest memories of my childhood are of sitting in the basement with my grandfather on Saturday mornings and watching Bruno wrestle. They both came from the same part of Italy, and when my grandfather – who was five-foot-eight – would watch Bruno wrestle he became six-feet-ten. 
I consider it a great personal honor that Bruno and I later became friends. 
I join all other Pittsburgh residents in saying 'Thank you, Bruno' and we will miss you." 


Fitzgerald Statement on the Death of Bruno Sammartino


County Executive Rich Fitzgerald issued the following statement in response to news of the death of Bruno Sammartino this morning:


“We are saddened by the loss of Bruno Sammartino, a Pittsburgh legend and iconic figure. He came to Pittsburgh as a young man and through hard work and perseverance gained national and international acclaim. He has always made us proud. He embodied Pittsburgh and served as one of the greatest ambassadors for this region.


“This is a great loss for those of us who are of a certain age who remember his accomplishments and achievements in the ring. Growing up, Bruno always made us proud that he was from Pittsburgh and made us prouder to be from Pittsburgh too. “In the last few years, I’ve had the privilege to get to know Bruno as a man who was extremely proud of his Pittsburgh roots and heritage.


“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time. We hope that it provides some comfort to them to know how lucky we feel that Pittsburgh became home to him and his family, and that we had him as a Pittsburgher for as long as we did.”



Bruno Leopoldo Francesco Sammartino (October 6, 1935 - April 18, 2018) was an Italian professional wrestler, best known for his work with the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF, later World Wrestling Federation, WWF), now known as WWE. There, he held the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship(WWWF Heavyweight Championship during his second reign) for over 11 years (4,040 days) across two reigns, the first of which is the longest single reign in the promotion's history at 2,803 days. Dubbed "The Living Legend",[5] Sammartino is widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time.[6]

Sammartino's wrestling style was less mat-oriented than was typical of wrestlers from his era. His brawling, power moves and personal charisma helped him become the most popular American wrestler in the 1960s and 1970s. Read More From Wikipedia


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