As noted, WWE Hall of Famer Pedro Morales passed away today at the age of 76. He had battled Parkinson's disease in recent years.
WWE remembered Morales and his legendary career with the statement below.
WWE has been uploading clips from Morales' career on their YouTube page today. You can see those clips above and below. Also below are Twitter tributes for Morales, from stars like WWE Hall of Famers Ric Flair, The Iron Sheik, Bubba Ray Dudley, and others.
Pedro Morales passes away
WWE is saddened to learn WWE Hall of Famer Pedro Morales has passed away.
A native of Culebra Island, Puerto Rico, Morales moved to New York in his youth and debuted in the ring in 1959 at age 17. After establishing his reputation as a fiery competitor in WWE on the east coast, Morales traveled west to territories in Texas and California, where he competed for much of the 1960s. In California, he battled The Destroyer in a famous rivalry, and formed a popular tag team with Pepper Gomez.
Morales returned to WWE in 1970, and in less than a year, he captured the WWE Championship from Ivan Koloff inside Madison Square Garden. During his nearly three years on top, Morales developed a passionate following in the northeast, particularly among New York City's growing Hispanic population.
More than 22,000 fans turned out to Shea Stadium in 1972 to watch him battle close friend and former champion Bruno Sammartino in the main event of the inaugural Showdown at Shea supercard. After 75 minutes of action, the bout was ruled a draw in accordance with the state athletic commission's strict 11 p.m. curfew.
He held the WWE Title for a staggering 1027 days before losing it to Stan Stasiak in December 1973. Morales puts his name in the record books again in 1980 when he won the World Tag Team Titles with Bob Backlund and then the Intercontinental Title to become the first Triple Crown Champion in WWE history.
Morales hung up his boots in 1987 but continued on as an ambassador for sports-entertainment. He later became a commentator for both WCW and WWE's Spanish announce teams, and in 1995, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
WWE extends its condolences to Morales' family, friends and fans.
My Friend Pedro Morales, Whom I Had The Honor Of Working With Twice! RIP And Always Be Remembered For Your Saying "I'm Ready For Any Kind Of Action!"— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) February 12, 2019
Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) February 12, 2019
ONE OF THE BEST EVER. THE PEDRO MORALES EXCELLENT WORKER. EXCELLENT BABY FACE. EXCELLENT BUSINESSMAN. EXCELLENT HUMAN BEING. RIP MY BROTHER. pic.twitter.com/ufUDakO8jw— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) February 12, 2019
Growing up a WWF fan, he was my IC Champ and as fiery a babyface as any.— Bully Ray (@bullyray5150) February 12, 2019
RIP Pedro Morales pic.twitter.com/fcYOI8NKbg
RIP Pedro Morales.— Singh Brothers (@SinghBrosWWE) February 12, 2019
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RIP Pedro Morales. He was a staple on the old Boston Garden WWF shows I went to in the 80s. Thanks for the memories. https://t.co/knvuoah5cm— Gabe Sapolsky (@BookItGabe) February 12, 2019
God Bless Pedro Morales!!! I have great respect for this man & wrestle him many times!!!! Was always an honor!!!! R.I.P— Brutus Beefcake (@brutusbeefcake_) February 12, 2019
Sean Waltman (@TheRealXPac) February 12, 2019
With the Boriqua legend Pedro Morales (I ready for any type of action). 1st Latino to hold a world heavyweight title. pic.twitter.com/6w0RFyLICN— Konnan (@Konnan5150) February 6, 2019
Rest In Peace to wrestling legend and 1st ever WWF triple crown (World Title, Tag Title, Intercontinental title) Pedro Morales. pic.twitter.com/fX5s7hFUWU— Brian Heffron aka The Blue Meanie (@BlueMeanieBWO) February 12, 2019
Rest In Peace Pedro Morales!— Christopher Daniels (@facdaniels) February 12, 2019
RIP Pedro Morales. Walking into my first ever live wrestling event (late) as a very young boy, at the LA Sports Arena, I saw Pedro wrestling Bob Orton and was captivated. Godspeed sir.— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) February 12, 2019
Fue una gloria para la lucha hispanoamericana y un hijo ilustre de Puerto Rico que siempre dejó a su país muy en alto. ¡Buen viaje, Don Pedro Morales! Gracias por su imperecedero aporte a la Industria.— Marcelo Rodriguez (@MarceloAtWWE) February 13, 2019
Don Pedro Morales , the first Triple Crown Champion in the history of WWE, and first Latino to capture the World Heavyweight Championship died today at the age of 76. R.I.P. #Greatmemories#Donpedromorales. He leaves an eternal legacy.— Carlos Cabrera (@lavozcabrera) February 12, 2019