Longtime WWE employee Howard Finkel has posted an excellent tribute to the late Captain Lou Albano, which you can read here.
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross posted this on his JRsBarBQ.com blog today:
Sorry to hear about the passing of Captain Lou Albano, WWE Hall of Fame Manager and former member of the Sicilians tag team with Tony Altimore. Lou was a true “character” who was a decent wrestler but gained huge fame in the WWE explosion of the 80’s as a manager. Lou appearing in a Cyndi Lauper music video back in the day was nice exposure for Lou and WWE and put Captain Lou into pop culture awareness.Â Lou had many stints in WWEÂ but always “came home” and we wish his family and friends our utmost condolences. The Good Lord has hisÂ hands full keeping the Captain in check in Heaven.
Many others have also posted messages on Twitter acknowledging Albano’s unfortunate passing:
- Chris Jericho: “Wrestling legend Captain Lou Albano has died. One of the integral performers who put the WWF on the map..”
- Taz: “sorry to hear about the GREAT Capt Lou….god bless. “
- Matt Morgan: “U gotta be f’n kidding me! Just heard the bad news that Capt Lou Albano passed. He was just as much of a “star” to me as a kid, as was … the wrestlers! One of the better personalities our sport has produced. He was very vital in mainstreaming “rock-n-wrestling” in 80s”
- Paul Heyman: “RIP CAPTAIN LOU ALBANO”
- Jeremy Borash: “Wearing a rubber band on my cheek today. RIP Captain Lou. One of my favs.”
- Ken Anderson: “RIP Lou Albano. I was laid up in the hospital for 9 days in 2001, and Rob Norwood and Shane Hills brought me an autographed 8 x 10 from him.”