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Pat Patterson, the first openly gay pro wrestling star, has died at 79 – NBC News

Pro wrestling icon Pat Patterson, the industry’s first openly gay star and a lieutenant of promoter Vince McMahon, has died. The WWE Hall of Fame member was 79.

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Pro wrestling icon Pat Patterson, the industry’s first openly gay star and a long-time lieutenant of promoter Vince McMahon, has died, officials said Wednesday.
The WWE Hall of Fame member was 79.
Pat Patterson at the 53rd Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion Convention at the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. on May 1, 2018.George Napolitano / MediaPunch
“A true trailblazer of the industry, Patterson was linked to many ‘firsts’ in sports-entertainment throughout his storied career,” World…

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