WWF legend Dave Hebner dies aged 73 after iconic career refereeing top bouts including Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant | The Sun

WWF legend Dave Hebner has passed away aged 73.

The former referee was suffering from an illness and also had Parkinson's disease.

Hebner began refereeing for the WWF in 1986 and officiated iconic bouts including the World Heavyweight title fight between Hulk Hogan and André the Giant in 1998.

He refereed that match alongside twin brother Earl – with the pair famously confusing Hogan who thought he was seeing double.

Hebner was also the third man in the ring for Randy Savage versus Ricky Steamboat at WrestleMania III and Randy Savage versus Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania V.

The icon was later forced to retire with a knee injury but continued to work in wrestling as a road agent before being let go in 2005.

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His nephew and fellow referee Brian Hebner confirmed the news and paid tribute to his uncle.

He wrote: "I’m so sad. Just don’t really know what to say. Today we lost one of the good ones…….My uncle David.

"He was one of the best humans in the world. Thank you all for all the outpouring of messages and support. This is a tough one. I Love You Uncle David. God got a good one."

Another former WWE referee Jimmy Korderas wrote: "So saddened to hear of the passing of my mentor, teacher, guardian & great friend David Hebner.

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"Thank you for everything. May your memory be ever eternal!"

And a fan said: "RIP David Hebner, heartbreaking."

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