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WWE Veteran Superstar has passed away after setting a world record by bench-pressing a mammoth 565 pounds, our source have learnt.

Bruno Sammartino has died aged 82, the WWE has confirmed. After setting a world record in 1959 by bench-pressing a mammoth 565 pounds, Sammartino caught the eye of Vincent J McMahon, and moved into the world of wrestling.

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In 1963 Sammartino became the second ever WWE Champion, defeating Buddy Rogers in just 48 seconds at Madison Square Garden.

He went on to hold the title for what was an incredible eight years, a record which will likely never be broken.

Wrestlers have already started paying tribute to Sammartino who revolutionised the sport in his day. Triple H tweeted: “Devastated to hear the passing of a true icon, legend, great, honest and wonderful man…

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“A true friend…and one of the toughest people I’ve ever met. “My thoughts are with his entire family. #RIPBrunoSammartino #AmericanDream”.

Cody Rhodes said: “Nothing today can happen without what he did back then. Rest in power and thank you Bruno Sammartino.”

Rusev added: “Rest In Peace Bruno Samartino. It was an honor meeting you and talking how many times we could have sold out MSG together back in the day. #RIPBrunoSammartino”.

Sammartino was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame back in 2013 by none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Corey Graves kept the tributes coming, tweeting: “Bruno is indirectly responsible for where I am today. Growing up in Pittsburgh, he was my father’s hero, and sparked my dad’s passion for the business that he passed on to me.

I was lucky enough to spend some time with Bruno, and the man exemplified class. #RIPBruno”.

And ECW legend Tommy Dreamer said: “Bruno Sammartino is a wrestling Legend. Honored to have had many conversations with him. When I was w/him I knew I was w/pure class & greatness.

“Celebrate his life watch 1of his matches today. I was humbled he even knew my name. I’m very sad”.