Howard Finkel, legendary ring announcer, has died at the age of 69, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) announced on Thursday.

The WWE, however, did not state the cause of his death in the statement announcing his passing on.

The legendary Hall of Fame ring announcer, better known as “The Fink,” made his debut at Madison Square Garden in 1977 when WWE was known as WWWF. He became a full-time announcer in 1979.

“The Fink,” a Newark native became the WWE’s longest-tenured employee, serving as the full-time ring announcer for more than two decades, before being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009.

“WWE is saddened to learn that Howard Finkel has passed away at age 69,” the statement read in part.

“When considering the greatest ring announcers in the history of sports and sports-entertainment, you’d be hard-pressed to name one better than Howard Finkel. A native of Newark, NJ, “The Fink” — a label that had been attached affectionately to Howard over the years — made his ring announcing debut at Madison Square Garden in 1977 for WWE’s predecessor, WWWF.

“WWE extends its condolences to Finkel’s family, friends and fans.”

Tributes have continued to pour in for the iconic ring announcer as word of his death spread.



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