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Wrestler and manager Jean Gagne (Frenchy Martin) passes away at 69

Jean Gagne

Jean Gagne, best known as Frenchy Martin amid a number of other wrestling names, passed away Friday morning at the age of 69.

He had been battling bladder cancer for more than a year, and was moved to hospice care in early September.

Martin's greatest success came as a major star in Puerto Rico where he wrested as Pierre Martel, teaming with Michel Martel as The Mercenaries to win the WWC North American tag team titles -- one of four times Martin held that gold (Rick Martel twice, Mr. Fuji).

Before the creation of the Universal title when the WWC North American title was the main belt and the promotion was doing huge business, Martin (as Martel) was a three-time North American champion and had many major matches with Carlos Colon.

He also held the North American title twice for Stampede Wrestling, using the ring name Don Gagne with his main rival being Leo Burke.

Later, he worked for the WWF as the manager of Dino Bravo until Jimmy Hart replaced him in the spring of 1989.