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Mae Young

Dead for Real This Time

... John Cena Pays Tribute

1/15/2014 6:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0115-mae-young-01Wrestling legend Mae Young has passed away ... and this time, it's for realsies.

90-year-old Young had been hospitalized on December 31 ... and her health rapidly declined. A local South Carolina media outlet had reported she passed away last week, but she was still kickin'.

Now, the WWE has confirmed ... Mae, who was in hospice care, died last night. Her cause of death was not revealed.

Young was a trailblazer who wrestled for 8 DECADES!!!

In fact, Mae and fellow pioneer female wrestler The Fabulous Moolah returned to the WWE back in 1999 -- when they were both in their 70s -- and were involved in numerous iconic moments like being powerbombed through a table by the Dudley Boyz ... and the birth of the "hand" icon.

WWE superstar John Cena was in NYC this morning ... and paid his respects to Young -- calling her a consumate professional and a wonderful person.

R.I.P.

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LoganJackson    

R.I.P :(

189 days ago
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Centongirl    

R.I.P.

189 days ago
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newl0bstr    

Mae Young was a contestant on the January 14, 2014 episode of the game show Celebrity Bucket Kickers.

189 days ago
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MsRichards    

RIP .. so sad .. she was a real inspiratation for women who wanted to break into sports entetainment .. u will be missed.

189 days ago
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T bone    

Very sad I hope when someone at tmz dies or a family member make sure to ask is it for realsies?????!!! Stupid Tmz. Mae is only wrestler to wrestle in 8 different decades coulda still hurt half the people at tmz ass clowns remember when someone close to u dies tmz that all you'll hear is for realsies

189 days ago
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joeality    

You got it wrong she wrestled in 9 decades 1939-2010

189 days ago
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JayDoublePee    

"it's for realsies"?
Really classy, TMZ.

189 days ago
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backofftmz    

For realsies? So disrespectful

189 days ago
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bs corrector    

Dead for real this time?.....classy tmz

189 days ago
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Mommie Dearest    

Thanks for the memories Mae.

189 days ago
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Janet BeCraft    

RIP Mae Young: 3/12/23-1/14/14.
Mae Young was a Diva's Champion in own write and she will always be rememebered as a Diva/Women's Champion.

188 days ago
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D-INCARNATION    

Are you sure this time ? You got it wrong last week !!!!!!

188 days ago

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