What caused the death of Mean Gene Okerlund Submitted by Aaron Rift on 01/02/2019 at 08:07 PM
Regarding the death of Mean Gene Okerlund, his son Tor Okerlund told The Associated Press that his father died early Wednesday at a hospital in Sarasota, Florida. StarTribune.com is reporting that Gene passed away around 5:30 a.m. in the hospital's emergency room.
Gene's wife Jeanne was by his side when he died. Tor noted that his father had undergone three kidney transplants and fell ill a few weeks ago, adding that “it just kind of went from bad to worse.” Tor told StarTribune.com that his father was dealing with “a lot of different issues” and the site noted that his death was from natural causes.
Jesse Ventura was interviewed about Okerlund's death and said the following about his nickname:
“In an interview, I laughingly called him ‘the Mean Gene Hot Air Machine,’ and the ‘Mean Gene’ stuck,” Ventura said Wednesday. “I’m proud that I gave him a nickname that will stick with him forever.”