Mae Young Not Dead But She Is ‘Gravely Ill’ (Update: She Dies)

January 12, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

UPDATE: Mae Young, a legendary female wrestler, has died, the WWE confirmed. She was 90.

WWE’s Stephanie McMahon confirmed the news on her Twitter.

“A true pioneer and legend has passed tonight,” McMahon wrote on her account. “Long live the memory of my friend and WWE Hall of Famer.”

Young was in hospice care in South Carolina before she died, according to local reports.

The WWE issued an official statement about her death.

“WWE is greatly saddened by the news that WWE Hall of Famer Mae Young, beloved member of the WWE family and oldest living squared circle personality, has passed at the age of 90,” the statement reads.

Earlier report saying she was ill:

The Port and Courier in South Carolina published a story saying that Young had died but editors at the paper later retracted the report. 

“The Post and Courier incorrectly reported today that legendary women’s pro wrestling star Mae Young had died at the age of 90,” the paper said in a statement. “That report is incorrect. Young has been gravely ill.

“The source who told The Post and Courier that she had died had incorrect information,” the editors added. “The Post and Courier regrets the error.”

When the death news was still considered correct, wrestlers and others affiliated with wrestling offered condolences for Young.

“One of my all-time favorites to work with. Such a good sport. You will be missed,” wrote Jerry “The King” Lawler on Twitter.

Young, born on March 12 in 1923, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008.

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