Captain Lou Albano, WWE Hall Of Famer And Cyndi Lauper Collaborator, Has Left Us

Tragic news today from the professional wrestling community. WWE Hall of Famer Captain Lou Albano, 76, passed away today, only hours after the Miami Herald reported that he was at home with his family under hospice care. The news broke at wrestling enthusiast site PWInsider and was confirmed shortly after at WWE. It is a sad day for wrestling fans everywhere.

As a child of the ’80s, my memories of Albano relate mainly to his time with the World Wrestling Federation. He was so cool, this screaming force of nature covered in rubber bands. As his star rose, Albano had the opportunity to leverage his newfound celebrity in Hollywood. He appeared in a number of films, including the John Ritter-starring “Stay Tuned” (a personal favorite). He also collaborated with pop star Cyndi Lauper on several music videos, including “The Goonies” tie-in, “The Goonies ’R’ Good Enough” (video above), which is filled with pro wrestling talents of the time. Hit the jump for some more footage of Albano from his glory days, living it up with Lauper and her fun-having girls.

“Girls Just Want To Have Fun”

“Time After Time”

“She Bop”