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WWE top wrestling champion Harley Race dead at 76

Harley Race - what you need to know

WWE Hall of Famer Harley Race has died at the age of 76, according to a post on his social media account.

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Race died of "complications from lung cancer," the WWE said in a statement.

Wrestler Harley Race was on the National Wrestling Alliance's most prevailing champions during the 1970s and 1980s, beating other notable wrestlers such as Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, Dory Funk Jr., Terry Funk and Giant Baba.
Wrestler Harley Race was on the National Wrestling Alliance's most prevailing champions during the 1970s and 1980s, beating other notable wrestlers such as Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, Dory Funk Jr., Terry Funk and Giant Baba.

Considered one of the top champions in wrestling and a true legend in the sport, "Handsome" Harley Race won the National Wrestling Alliance championship seven times, a record until "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair broke it in 1991, according to the WWE.

It called Race “one of the NWA’s most influential figures of all time” and offered condolences to his family, friends and fans.

"To this day, only a handful of superstars can claim to have won more World Heavyweight Championships than Race," the organization said.

Race was the NWA’s most prevailing champions during the 1970s and 1980s, beating other notable wrestlers like Dusty Rhodes, Flair, Dory Funk Jr., Terry Funk and Giant Baba.

Rhodes' son, Dustin Rose, called Race “one of the greatest performers there ever was” in a post on social media.