Howard Finkel — one of the most famous announcers in the history of pro wrestling — has died, WWE confirms. He was 69.
Details surrounding his death are unclear at the moment.
The Fink (as he was lovingly called) had been ring announcing since 1977 — when he was hired by Vince McMahon, Sr. for the WWE’s predecessor, WWWF.
He became a full-time staffer in 1979 and went on to become WWE’s longest-serving employee.
Besides that famous voice, Fink was involved in a bunch of WWE storylines over the years involving superstars like Mr. Perfect, The Million Dollar Man, CM Punk and more.
He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009.
“WWE extends its condolences to Finkel’s family, friends and fans,” the org. said in a statement.
Stephanie McMahon also weighed in — saying, “In what has already been a tough week for our @WWE family, today we lost our 1st ever employee and WWE Hall of Famer, @howardfinkel.”
“Howard’s voice is iconic & recognized by generations of fans. He will be missed. #RIPHowardFinkel Thank you for everything.”