Legendary wrestling announcer Lance Russell dead at 91

(PHOTO: L. Russell Archives)

Lance Russell, whose announcing career led to him wrestling rings across the Mid South over 38 years, died Tuesday following a fall at his home over the weekend, his family announced. He was 91.

He worked for several promotions over the years including Smoky Mountain Wrestling that held shows in the early 1990s in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. That federation was a feeder program to World Wrestling Entertainment at that point, launching several careers including those of Chris Jericho, the Heavenly Bodies and Lance Storm.

Russell is best known for his play-by-play duties in Memphis during the 1970s that featured the infamous feud between Jerry Lawler and comedian Andy Kaufman. He reprised his commentating role in the Kaufman biographical movie "Man on the Moon" in 1999.

Russell had been receiving treatments for cancer recently and his daughter passed away just last week, according to information from the Wrestling Observer.

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