Captain Lou Albano, a former professional wrestler and manager, passed away Friday morning at the age of 76.
The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) announced on its Web site that they were â€œsaddened to learn about the passing of one of the companyâ€™s most popular and charismatic legends, â€˜Captain Lou Albano.â€™Â WWE extends its deepest condolences to the Albano family.â€
Albano, whose full name is Louis Vincent Albano, started in wrestling in the 1960s with partner Tony Altimore, as part of the duo, â€œThe Sicilians.â€Â He performed for the WWE from 1983 to 1996, and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996.Â
Albano is also known for teaming up with pop star Cyndi Lauper in the 1980s.Â She appeared with him on wrestling programming leading up to Wrestlemania, and he starred as her father in several of her music videos, most famously in â€œGirls Just Want to Have Fun.â€
He also made several television appearances over the years, and released an autobiography in 2008, â€œOften Imitated, Never Duplicated.â€