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WWE legend 'Outlaw' Ron Bass dies aged 68 after being admitted to hospital with 'burst appendix'

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© Mirror WWE legend "Outlaw" Ron Bass has died aged 68 after reportedly being admitted to hospital with a burst appendix.

Bass was a mainstay of the 1980s wrestling scene having started his career in 1975 and made his debut in the WWE in 1987. 

He had famous battles with other legends of the sport including Junkyard Dog, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake and Shawn Michaels.

Bass starred at Wrestlemania 4 and also competed in the first ever editions of Survivor Series and the Royal Rumble.

He was famed for his cowboy hat and whip on his entrance to the ring.

In a statement, the WWE said: "WWE is saddened to learn that Ronald Heard, known to sports-entertainment fans as 'Outlaw' Ron Bass, has passed away at the age of 68.

"Following his retirement from the ring in 1991, Bass earned a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State University and became a successful construction equipment salesman."

Bass is the latest in a string of names from the wrestling world to lose his life this year.

He joins George "The Animal" Steele, Chavo Guerrero Sr and Nicole Bass.

After hearing the news of Bass' death, Hulk Hogan tweeted: "RIP Ron Bass. He got in the ring with me for some of my first matches. Now I realise how gracious he was to take that one. Only love for you".

The Iron Sheik added: "Ron Bass, the real outlaw brother. He always impressed me. God bless him. Rest in peace."

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