Legendary Professional Wrestler Who Won The NWA World Heavyweight Championship Dies At 79

Terry Funk’s legendary professional wrestling career spanned six decades. He had wrestling in his blood. Both his father, Dory Funk, and older brother, Dory Funk Jr., were professional wrestlers.

Funk started his career as a tag-team partner for his brother and later transitioned to a career as a singles competitor. In 1975, he won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Jack Brisco. He held onto the title for over a year. That was the highlight of his career.

Now, at the age of 79, comes the sad news that Funk died on August 23, 2023. The wrestling community is mourning his death.

Funk’s career latest until 2017. He competed in ECW, WCW, TNA and WWE as well as All Japan and other independent promotions.

In 2009, Funk and his brother were both inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Besides wrestling, Funk also dabbled in acting and stunt work. His film and television credits include “Rocky V,” “Rambo III,” “Road House” and “Over the Top.”

In 2021, wrestling legend Don Muraco publicly shared that Funk had been diagnosed with dementia and was living in an assisted living facility. His official cause of death is currently undisclosed.

Rest in peace.