Ole Anderson, founding members of the Four Horsemen, passed away at the age of 81

Ole Anderson, a founding member of The Four Horsemen and a prominent figure in the wrestling world, has passed away. Ricky Morton shared the sad news of Anderson’s death through his Instagram account earlier tonight.

Ole Anderson

“Rest in Paradise, Ole Anderson,” Morton wrote. “You imparted so much wisdom to me in the world of professional wrestling. You were incredibly resilient. Your absence will be deeply felt, my friend.”

Anderson, born Alan Robert Rogowski, was 81 years old. After his wrestling career, he became a booker for Georgia Championship Wrestling and Jim Crockett Promotions, notably clashing with Vince McMahon during the GCW takeover in 1984.

Later, Anderson became part of WCW’s executive team. He remained steadfast in his stance against McMahon, reportedly refusing to participate in documentaries and WWE Hall of Fame presentations, maintaining his resentment over McMahon’s territorial dominance.

Anderson’s place as an original Horseman alongside Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, and Arn Anderson, under the management of J.J. Dillon, eventually went to Lex Luger in 1987. He also teamed up with his kayfabe brother Gene Anderson as part of the Minnesota Wrecking Crew, succeeding Lars Anderson (no relation) in the group. In 2007, it was revealed that Anderson had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, although the exact cause of his death has not been disclosed at this time.

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