Veteran wrestler Gilberto "Gypsy Joe" Melendez passed away on Wednesday night at the age of 82.

Melendez began his wrestling career at the age of 18 in 1951 and wrestled his last match on January 7, 2011 at the age of 76. Dave Meltzer noted on F4Wonline that Melendez was known for years as "the oldest active pro wrestler."

Melendez was inducted into the Nashville Professional Hall of Fame by Mick Foley on November 7, 2015.

We would like to express our condolences to the family and friends of Melendez. Dave Meltzer has more on Melendez's storied career at F4WOnline, which you can read by clicking here.

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