By Michelle Lanz
Legendary professional wrestling manager and '80s music video star Capt. Lou Albano passed away at his home today in New York at the age of 76.
Though no cause of death has been announced, he was recently released from the hospital to undergo hospice care.
Non-wrestling fans will best remember the pop culture icon as Cyndi Lauper's overbearing dad in her "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" video. The two had met on a plane to Puerto Rico when Cyndi asked him to make an appearance in her video.
His inclusion in her video helped pave the way for the "Rock 'N' Wrestling" campaign of the 1980s, which helped cross-promote the then-lowly cable access sport with aspects of the music industry. From there, wrestling became the unprecedented mainstream success it is today.
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Albano, known for his gruff appearance and trademark rubberband-clad goatee, began his wrestling career in 1953 in Canada as a tag team wrestler after attending the University of Tennessee.
He signed with World Wrestling Entertainment in 1983, and worked as a successful manager of tag team champions, including the Masked Executioners. Credited with starting the first Wrestlemania, Albano was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996. He was known as the "guiding light" among wrestling community for his work as a talent manager.
"[Albano] was often imitated but never duplicated, and he certainly will never be forgotten either," the WWE said in a statement."He's one of the company's most popular and charismatic legends. He will be greatly missed."