|The captivating professional wrestler and manager Lou "Captain Lou" Albano died early this morning at his Carmel home.|
Albano, 76, who suffered a series of health complications in recent years, passed away at 3:30 a.m. surrounded by his wife of 56 years, Geraldine, and his family.
The boisterous "Captain Lou" began his wrestling career in 1953, and rose to international fame, mostly as a manager, with the then-World Wrestling Federation. He appeared in the first Wrestlemania at Madison Square Garden in 1985 and was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame in 1996.
Albano paired with pop star Cyndi Lauper in the 1980s, appearing as her father in her "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" video, and later serving as her manager. He appeared on television and in film, and served as the voice and character of the first Super Mario Bros. cartoon.
The showman, who was often seen donning a long beard and rubber bands and screaming on television, also had a softer side to him, family members said.
"He was very gentle, giving and religious," said his younger brother George Albano, principal at Lincoln Elementary School in Mount Vernon. "He always carried rosary beads in his pocket."
A wake will be held at Balsamo-Cordovano Funeral Home in Carmel from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. A funeral Mass will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. James the Apostle Church in Carmel.
|IN REMEMBRANCE OF CAPTAIN LOU ALBANO |
"Today I found out that Capt. Lou had passed away. He passed away at home with his family beside him. I am sad for his family and I'm just sad. But I know he's at peace now. He had been ill for a while. My heart goes out to his family.
Capt Lou and I became famous together. He always made me laugh. He made all that promotion we did so much fun. He graced me with a lot of video performances that I will always treasure. He was a great, gregarious, hilarious fellow who had this lovable presence. I was lucky to work by his side. I will always look back on our absolute hilarious times and the magical world of Wrestling he introduced me to and shared for that brief time. As he said, he took me up the charts from 10, to 5, to 4 to 1, to minus 5 back up to 1 again. And it was great fun too.
So let me just say this; I love ya Lou and I can picture you up there somewhere explaining that PEG principle to someone. Or maybe you're having a good laugh with Freddie Blassie. But where ever you are, I am sure you are causing a hilarious rucuss. And I will be sad to miss out on that."
- Cyndi Lauper