In this November 30, 2000 file photo, former pro wrestler Bruno Sammartino, aged 65, poses with a painting of him in his prime weighing 275 pounds in 1965 at age 35, in his Pittsburgh home. Bruno Sammartino, professional wrestling's ‘Living Legend’ and one of its longest-reigning champions, has died. Sammartino was 82. Photo: AP

Bruno Sammartino dies at 82: WWE stars pay tribute to professional wrestling legend

The son of Italian immigrants who fled the Nazis as a child, Sammartino embodied the American dream as the longest-reigning champion in WWE history

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In this November 30, 2000 file photo, former pro wrestler Bruno Sammartino, aged 65, poses with a painting of him in his prime weighing 275 pounds in 1965 at age 35, in his Pittsburgh home. Bruno Sammartino, professional wrestling's ‘Living Legend’ and one of its longest-reigning champions, has died. Sammartino was 82. Photo: AP
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