WWE legend Howard Finkel has died aged 69

Legendary WWE announcer Howard Finkel has died at the age of 69.

WWE chief Stephanie McMahon led the tributes to the Hall of Famer, declaring: “Howard’s voice is iconic and recognised by generations of fans.

“He will be missed. Thank you for everything.”

Finkel made his WWE debut in 1977 for the WWWF in Madison Square Garden.

He remained a mainstay in WWE for years after becoming the company’s full-time announcer in 1979.

Finkel also took part in a number of memorable matches, notably helping X-Pac shave Jeff Jarrett’s head in a Hair vs. Hair Match at SummerSlam 1998.

A WWE statement paid tribute, stating: “WWE is saddened to learn that Howard Finkel has passed away at age 69.

“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.

“In addition to his legendary tenure as a ring announcer, The Fink was an indispensable resource inside the WWE offices for his vast knowledge of sports-entertainment history.

"Well respected by current Superstars, WWE Legends and Hall of Famers, Finkel’s encyclopaedic memory and kindness made him beloved among his colleagues.

"The Fink was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 4, 2009.

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

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