“Howard’s voice is iconic & recognized by generations of fans. He will be missed,” McMahon tweeted.
Finkel would mark championship victories with his signature call, “and Nnneeeww world champion!” and he was recognized for his dedication to the wrestling industry when he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009.
Finkel, a native of Newark, New Jersey, even got to get in the ring himself when he fought against manager Harvey Wippleman in 1995 and helped shave Jeff Jarrett’s head in a “Hair vs. Hair” match in 1998, according to WWE.
“When considering the greatest ring announcers in the history of sports and sports=entertainment, you’d be hard-pressed to name one better than Howard Finkel,” WWE said on its website. The company did not reveal the cause of his death.
Numerous wrestlers were posting condolences on Twitter.
News of Finkel’s death is another blow to what has been a rough week for WWE.