WWE stars mourn the passing of Hall of Famer, first openly gay wrestler Pat Patterson

Pat Patterson (via WWE)
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Pat Patterson passed away today at 79 years old. 

The WWE announced earlier today via their Twitter account that WWE and American wrestling legend Pat Patterson had passed away at 79 years old. The inaugural Intercontinental champion had spent the last 36 years working backstage with the company in a number of roles.

He most recently worked as a producer focusing his time on enhancing the young talents on both the RAW and SmackDown rosters. Following the announcement of his passing many current and former WWE Superstars took to Twitter to express their sadness at the news and share stories of the legendary presence backstage.

The family of Vince McMahon the current owner of the WWE and the person who brought Pat into the company in the late 1970s expressed their grief over the loss.

Also sharing thoughts and prayers was the former head of WCW, and a great foil to Vince McMahon, Eric Bischoff.

Current and former members of the roster also shared condolences

Among those who mourned his passing were several former WWE superstars and Hall Of Famers.

There were also many stories and sentiments shared by members of the active roster who had worked with him closely over the last few years.

Patterson was considered to be the first openly gay wrestler.

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