Former WWE star Lanny Poffo, the younger brother of the late Randy Savage, has died. He was 68 years old.
Hacksaw Jim Duggan passed along the sad news on social media:
“With a very, very heavy heart, I’ve been asked to let everyone know about the passing of our friend and colleague Lanny Poffo, The Genius. RIP Lanny.”
With a very, very heavy heart, I’ve been asked to let everyone know about the passing of our friend and colleague Lanny Poffo, The Genius.
RIP Lanny pic.twitter.com/4ve4J2HSHT
— Hacksaw Jim Duggan (@RealHacksawJim) February 2, 2023
Lanny joined WWE in 1985 as “Leaping Lanny” and then portrayed “The Genius” in the late 80s, adopting a highly intelligent, sniffy persona and wearing an academic cap and gown to the ring.
The 68-year-old began his career with All-South Wrestling Alliance in 1974 and had stints with the National Wrestling Alliance (1974-78, 1978-79), Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling (1978), International Championship Wrestling (1979-84), Mid-South Wrestling (1984-85) and Continental Wrestling Association (1984-85) prior to his tenure with the then-WWF, as well a later run with World Championship Wrestling (1995-99) and appearances on the independent circuit.