Wrestler and promoter Emile Duprée has died at the age of 86.
Pwinsider is reporting that Ron Hutchinson confirmed the news on Facebook in a tribute to Duprée, describing him as an “often overlooked Canadian pro-wrestling icon.”
Duprée, real name Emile Goguen, began his career in the 1950s, and his son Renee would debut on WWE programming in 2003 and would become a World Tag Team Champion.
In the 1970s, Duprée founded ‘Grand Prix Wrestling’ in Canada which would remain a territory until the mid-1980s when Vince McMahon’s expansion of the WWF took place.
Our thoughts are with Duprée’s family and those who knew him at this sad time.
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Wrestling Legend Emile Duprée Passes Away at 86
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of wrestler and promoter Emile Duprée at the age of 86. The news was confirmed by Ron Hutchinson on Facebook, who described Duprée as an “often overlooked Canadian pro-wrestling icon.”
Born Emile Goguen, Duprée began his wrestling career in the 1950s and made a significant impact on the industry. His son, Renee Duprée, followed in his footsteps and debuted on WWE programming in 2003, eventually becoming a World Tag Team Champion.
One of Duprée’s notable contributions to the wrestling world was the founding of ‘Grand Prix Wrestling’ in Canada during the 1970s. The promotion remained a prominent territory until the mid-1980s when Vince McMahon’s expansion of the WWF took place.
Duprée’s legacy extends beyond his in-ring achievements. He played a crucial role in shaping the Canadian wrestling scene and nurturing young talents. Many wrestlers who worked under him have gone on to achieve great success in the industry.
His passing is a significant loss for the wrestling community, and our thoughts go out to Duprée’s family and all those who knew him during this difficult time. The impact he had on the sport will be remembered and cherished by fans and fellow wrestlers alike.
To honor Duprée’s memory, fans can watch a classic match between him and Dick The Bruiser from the 1960s on YouTube. The video showcases the talent and skill that made Duprée a beloved figure in the wrestling world.
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Emile Duprée’s contributions to professional wrestling will forever be remembered. His passion, dedication, and impact on the industry have left an indelible mark. As we mourn his loss, let us celebrate his life and the legacy he leaves behind.