According to Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the cause of death of the late, great, Pat Patterson was not cancer, but liver failure.
In the latest edition of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Meltzer spoke at length about the inaugural WWF Intercontinental Champion and noted that in the years prior to his death, the marvel had also been suffering from dementia.
As per the report, Patterson appeared to be in very ill-health with friends and family increasingly concerned about his behaviour when he attended the funeral of Rocky Johnson earlier in the year.
With his dementia and bladder cancer – which he had been diagnosed with several years prior – worsening, the man once dubbed with the nickname ‘Pretty Boy’ had been moved into assisted living in South Florida in the months prior to his passing.
Unfortunately for Patterson, his health problems were added to when he was rushed to hospital in November. After losing around sixty pounds in weight according to good friend and WWE Producer, Sylvain Grenier, a tumor was discovered on his lung and a biopsy was scheduled for December 4 in order to assess whether it was cancerous.
Between then and his passing, the living legend was rushed to hospital a second time suffering a blood clot to his liver. Whilst in hospital, it was discovered that the aforementioned tumor had grown.
Pat Patterson passed away on December 2, leaving a wrestling world to both mourn and celebrate what had been an extraordinary life.
Speaking no English and with only a few dollars in his pocket when he arrived in the United States, Patterson not only became one of the greatest professional wrestlers to ever lace up a pair of boots, but he is the very epitome of the American dream.
Following his passing, author Bertrand Herbert – who wrote the star’s autobiography – spoke out about his time with Pat, stating:
“Four years ago he told me he had a great life and had done everything he dreamt of as a kid sleeping in the closet and more. He was ready to go whenever he would get called up. He had loved his life.”
It doesn’t matter when you first saw Pat. Whether it was bleeding heavily for Sgt. Slaughter in their now historic Madison Square Garden Alley Fight or in drag at the 2000 King of the Ring battling best friend Gerald Brisco in a comedy bout for the WWF Hardcore Championship, he was the consummate professional and a life-long entertainer.
Pat Patterson won’t be remembered for what he became in the end. But for being the inaugural WWF Intercontinental Champion, the creator of the Royal Rumble Match and one of the most professional and all-round greatest wrestlers in the history of the industry.
The term ‘legend’ is thrown around without warrant in today’s day and age. But Pat was a bona fide legend. Few losses will ever have a bigger impact on the industry, few stars will ever be more loved and few men will have ever touched the lives of talent and fans, like ‘Pretty Boy’ Pat Patterson.