Vince McMahon Sr Cause of Death: The Legacy of a Wrestling Pioneer



Vince McMahon Sr, the founder of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and the father of the current WWE chairman Vince McMahon Jr, died on May 24, 1984, at the age of 69. His death was caused by pancreatic cancer, according to his son and the National Association of Interpreters of Mexico[^1^][1] [^2^][2]. He was one of the most influential and respected figures in the history of professional wrestling, who shaped the industry with his vision, innovation, and passion.

## A Promoter with a Vision

Vince McMahon Sr was born in New York City on July 6, 1914, to a family of Irish descent. His father, Jess McMahon, was a successful boxing and wrestling promoter, who worked with the legendary Madison Square Garden promoter Tex Rickard[^2^][2]. Vince McMahon Sr followed his father’s footsteps and entered the wrestling business in the 1950s, after serving in the US Navy during World War II[^2^][2].

He founded the Capitol Wrestling Corporation in 1953, which later became the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) and then the World Wrestling Federation (WWF)[^2^][2]. He was the leader of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), a coalition of regional wrestling promoters, until he broke away from it in 1963, when he refused to recognize Lou Thesz as the NWA World Heavyweight Champion[^2^][2]. Instead, he created his own world title and crowned Buddy Rogers as the first WWWF World Heavyweight Champion[^2^][2].

He had a vision of expanding his wrestling territory beyond the Northeast, and making it a national and international phenomenon. He used television as a powerful tool to showcase his talent and attract new fans. He also had a keen eye for talent and charisma, and promoted some of the biggest stars of his era, such as Bruno Sammartino, Pedro Morales, Bob Backlund, Superstar Billy Graham, Andre the Giant, and Hulk Hogan[^2^][2].

## A Father and a Mentor

Vince McMahon Sr was married twice and had two sons, Roderick and Vincent Jr. He was a devoted father and a mentor to his sons, who both followed him into the wrestling business. He taught them the values of hard work, honesty, and integrity, and gave them the opportunity to learn and grow in the industry[^2^][2].

He was initially reluctant to let his younger son, Vince Jr, take over the WWF, as he feared that he would ruin his legacy and reputation. He wanted to keep the WWF as a regional promotion, and did not approve of his son’s plans to go national and compete with other territories[^2^][2]. However, he eventually agreed to sell the WWF to his son in 1982, for $1 million, and retired from the business[^2^][2]. He remained supportive of his son’s endeavors, and even appeared on some of his shows, such as the Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame in 1984[^3^][3].

He was also a father figure and a mentor to many of his wrestlers, who respected him for his fairness, generosity, and professionalism. He treated them like family, and shared the profits of his shows with them. He also helped them with their personal and professional issues, and gave them advice and guidance[^2^][2]. He was especially close to Bruno Sammartino, who was his top star for over a decade, and who considered him as a second father[^4^][4].

## A Legend and a Hall of Famer

Vince McMahon Sr’s death in 1984 shocked and saddened the wrestling world, especially his family, friends, and fans. He was mourned and honored by many people, who remembered him as a legend and a pioneer of the industry. He was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame in 1996, by his grandson Shane McMahon, who praised him for his achievements and contributions to the wrestling business[^2^][2].

His legacy lives on in his son, Vince Jr, who transformed the WWF into WWE, and made it the global leader of sports entertainment. His son also inherited his vision, innovation, and passion, and created some of the most memorable moments and characters in wrestling history. His grandson, Shane, and his granddaughter, Stephanie, are also involved in the WWE, and continue to carry on his name and legacy[^2^][2].

Vince McMahon Sr was a man of vision, innovation, and passion, who shaped the wrestling industry with his talent, charisma, and leadership. He was a promoter, a father, a mentor, a legend, and a hall of famer, who left an indelible mark on the history of professional wrestling. He will always be remembered and revered as one of the greatest promoters of all time. Rest in peace, Vince McMahon Sr.