- Dean Ho enjoyed a glittering wrestling career spanning to more than two decades
- He went on to compete in more than 100 matches, shooting to prominence after he teamed up with Tony Garea
- The 80-year-old is understood to have died after a battle with chronic traumatic encephalopathy
WWE have been plunged into mourning following the tragic death of wrestling icon, Dean Higuchi - better known with his stage name, Dean Ho.
It is understood that the former WWE tag team champion passed away after a battle with chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
His tragic death was confirmed by wrestling referee Kevin Jefferies, who revealed Dean Ho died on
“Some sad news to share to all my Wrestling Family, a tough week it has been for me my friend and a amazing mentor to many," Jefferies posted.
“Dean Ho (Higuchi) passed away on Feb 20 here in Kelowna BC. Dean died from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) from his days playing football," he added.
SunSport reports the 80-year-old competed in the Vince McMahon-led company back when it was known as WWF.
He wrestled in more than 100 matches, shooting to prominence when he teamed up with Tony Garea, with whom they won the tag title in 1973.
Ho kicked off his wrestling career in 1962, taking part in several promotions including Vancouver All-star Wrestling.
He went on to retire in 1983 after a glittering career in the ring.
Several WWE stars have since taken to social media to pay tribute to him, with The Bollywood Boyz among those who have mourned Ho.
"Saddened to hear the passing of wrestling great Dean Higuchi (Dean Ho)," The Bollywood Boyz aid in a tweet.
"I appreciate meeting him him years ago. RIP," the tweet added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlie reported that English manager Glenn Roeder has died at the age of 65 after surrendering to a long battle with a brain tumour, Sky Sports.
Roeder was a former assistant to Glenn Hoddle in the England national team and managed top English sides including Watford, West Ham, and Newcastle.
The former Gillingham and Norwich City was a prominent player as he made over 500 career appearances as a defender.
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