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Minnesota pro wrestling legend Larry 'The Axe' Hennig dies

He was the father of the late "Mr Perfect" Curt Hennig.
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Larry Hennig, a Minnesota-born legend of the pro wrestling scene, has died at the age of 82.

The death of the performer, known as "The Axe" in his wrestling days, was confirmed on Thursday by wrestling reporter Mike Mooneyham.

Hennig was the father of the late, great Curt Hennig, better known as "Mr Perfect" during his WWE and WCW days, and the grandfather of current WWE star Curtis Axel, who issued a message on behalf of his family.

According to Online World of Wrestling, Hennig won the Minnesota State High School wrestling championship in 1954 during his senior year while at Robbinsdale High School, which also produced fellow pro wrestling legend Verne Gagne.

He went on to wrestle at the University of Minnesota, before becoming a professional wrestler in the American Wrestling Association (AWA), National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and the World Wide Wrestling Federation.

In the latter years of his life, Hennig ran a realty and auction company out of St. Cloud.

Just last month, Robbinsdale's Wicked Wort Brewery launched a beer named in honor of "Robbinsdale's Favorite Son" called "The Axe is Back."

Both Hennig and the late Gagne were inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Hall of Fame back in 2015.

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