updated 01/16/2014 AT 7:00 PM ET
•originally published 01/16/2014 AT 8:00 PM ET
World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer Mae Young has passed away after being under hospice care recently.
Young died Tuesday at the age of 90, a WWE representative told E!
“There will never be another Mae Young,” said WWE Chairman Vince McMahon in a statement. “Her longevity in sports entertainment may never be matched, and I will forever be grateful for all of her contributions to the industry. On behalf of WWE, I extend out sincerest condolences to her family and friends.”
“She’s a wrestling pioneer. I truly had deep affection & respect for ‘Aunty Mae’ Young. RIP. #IMissUMae,” wrote Johnson.
Young’s first bout was in 1939, and in 2000, she was crowned “Miss Royal Rumble,” at the age of 77. In 2008, she was the third woman to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. In March 2013, WWE stars and fans celebrated her 90th birthday live on Monday Night Raw.
She is hailed as “one of the original WWE Divas,” by WWE.com.
Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) January 15, 2014