We’re sad to report that WWE Hall of Famer Captain Lou Albano (Louis Vincent Albano) has passed away.Â He was 76 years old.Â His cause of death is still unknown at this time. Earlier this week, his family sent out a statement that he was under hospice care. They said he did not have cancer and asked for supporters to respect his privacy.
Captain Lou was a one of a kind personality who had a 40+ year career in the wrestling business as a wrestler and manager. His gravely voice, colorful outfits, scruffy beard and facial piercings were among the trademark characteristics that made him impossible to ignore.
The “manager of champions” guided 15 different tag teams and 4 singles competitors to championship gold. Collaborating with Cyndi Lauper, Albano helped pioneer the Rock ‘n’ Wrestling movement that lead to wrestling’s crossover into mainstream pop culture during the 1980s. Capitalizing on his success, he later ventured into Hollywood with various television, film, and music projects. Many fans will remember him from the Super Mario Brothers Super Show in the early 90s.
We’d like to extend our deepest sympathy to the friends and family of Captain Lou. He left his mark and he will be missed.
The following video is an interview from February 2007 that Lou Albano did with the Sports Scene show in New York.Â Sports Scene host Charlie Cornacchio met Albano at his home to discuss his careers in pro wrestling and acting.