Promoter Joe Blanchard, the father of Tully Blanchard, passed away this morning at the age of 84.

Blanchard was a former professional wrestler who went on to form Southwest Championship Wrestling, which even had a run on the USA Network in the 80s.

Tully commented on his father's passing on his Facebook, writing, "3-22-2012 marks the end of my Fathers life in the natural. He passed at 8:00 AM, Joe Blanchard stepped into Eternity with his Lord and Savior, Jesus!" (thanks to and their reader Kent Hrbek for finding the message)

Our sincerest condolences go out to Blanchard's family and friends.

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