"Classie" Freddy Blassie

Died June 2nd, 2003

From MSNBC.com

Legendary Wrestler "Classie" Freddie Blassie Dies

7:40 a.m. EDT June 3, 2003 - "Classie" Freddie Blassie, a well-known professional wrestler and manager from the 1950s and 1960s, has died of an undisclosed illness. Blassie was 85.

World Wrestling Entertainment announced Blassie's death Monday night. The company had said on May 27 that Blassie, 85, was hospitalized with lung and heart problems, but it didn't disclose the location and cause of his death in last night's statement.
Blassie was a famous wrestler who appeared on television during the 1950s and 1960s, primarily on the West Coast and in Japan. He was known as a legendary villain who liked to make his opponents bleed in the ring and he earned the nickname "the Vampire."

He later worked for World Wrestling Entertainment and its predecessor groups as a wrestling manager, where he accompanied such figures as Hulk Hogan and Jesse "The Body" Ventura to the ring.

In 1983, Blassie made a documentary with the late comedian Andy Kaufman called "My Breakfast With Blassie," which was Kaufman's response to the popular movie "My Dinner With Andre."

Recently, Blassie published his autobiography, "Listen, You Pencil Neck Geeks," which used one of his famous catch phrases as its title.

"I was stabbed 21 times by crazy fans, and had acid thrown on me in Los Angeles," Blassie said recently promoting the book. "I used to bite my opponents 'til they bled, and file my teeth on interviews."

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