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WWE Legend Pat Patterson

I'm Gay

6/13/2014 6:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Pat Patterson GayWWE legend Pat Patterson just revealed that he's been living in the closet for the past 50 years -- and has finally decided to go public about that fact he's a gay man.  

The 73-year-old dropped the news on the finale of WWE Network's "Legends' House" ... saying, "For once in my life I'm going to be me now."

Patterson -- who's a WWE exec -- explained that he's been keeping the secret out of the public eye for 5 decades ... and had a partner for roughly 40 years, but he passed away after suffering a heart attack. 

Patterson has been Vince McMahon's right hand man for decades ... he also was the company's first Intercontinental champion and helped create the "Royal Rumble."

The whole thing was incredibly emotional ... and the reaction from Pat's fellow wrestling legends was touching -- with the guys telling him, "We love you Pat ... we always love you."

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D-INCARNATION    

Worst kept secret....

49 days ago
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kewljewl    

He looks like Donald sterling

49 days ago
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Cecilia     

Umm, those of us who follow the WWE have known this for years. It is no secret. He has been openly out for years. Several other wrestlers have discussed it publicly.

49 days ago
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TMZIZGAY    

YOU DON'T SAY?

49 days ago
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mouthsaytongue    

living in the closet? everyone in the business is aware that he's gay.

that's reality tv for you.

49 days ago
6.

brandon    

(null)

49 days ago
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CelebrityScum    

In other news, rain is wet.

49 days ago
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brandon    

Blue Ugly has no life.

49 days ago
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Bobo Frog    

Aren't all wrestlers gay, and all their viewers, too?

49 days ago
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The Zombie    

Pat Patterson is GAY? Noooo! Who's next? Harvey Levin?

49 days ago
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harveyisalwaysright    

This is a secret? Everyone who has followed the business knew this years ago.

49 days ago
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ivan    

1 - why is this important ? so he is gay - big deal

49 days ago
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Kartrashian Klown    

Wasn't Darren Young the first openly gay wrestler in WWE.

49 days ago
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pudge facker    

He must've enjoyed the camel clutch.

49 days ago
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The Maharincess of Franistan    

This is a NON-STORY. Several years ago there was a whole scandal that Vince helped to shut down about Pat being inappropriate with young boys. Everyone in WWE already knew Pat is gay. A complete non-story.

49 days ago
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