Longtime promoter and announcer Larry Matysik has passed away at the age of 72.
Herb Simmons, a close friend of Matysik's, announced the news on his Facebook page.
"It's with heavy heart this morning that I come to each of you and give you the news that my good friend Larry Matysik has lost the battle. As many know his health has been declining over the past several year. I ask that you keep his wife Pat and Daughter Kelly in your thoughts and prayers as the next few days will be hard for them. I will continue to update you on the arrangements when they are available."
Matysik entered hospice care over the weekend and was suffering from pneumonia.
Matysik worked with Sam Muchnick, the longtime president of the National Wrestling Alliance, and the St. Louis Wrestling Club in the 70s and early 80s. He also served as the television announcer for "Wrestling at the Chase."
Matysik wrote a handful of wrestling books including "Drawing Heat the Hard Way," about realities in pro wrestling, "The Greatest Wrestlers of All-Time," "Wrestling at the Chase," about Sam Muchnick and St. Louis, and "Brody," about the life of Bruiser Brody.
Fightful sends our condolences to the family and friends of Matysik.