Saturday, April 13

Original Four Horsemen Member Ole Anderson Passes Away At 81

Highlights

  • A wrestling legend, Ole Anderson, passed away at 81
  • Known for his time with Ric Flair’s Four Horsemen
  • Wrestlers like Tommy Dreamer and Ric Flair pay tribute to him on social media



Ole Anderson (real name Alan Rogowski) has sadly passed away today at the age of 81. Anderson accomplished a lot in the wrestling business, but he will always best be known for his time in Ric Flair’s original Four Horsemen. Ole Anderson’s time in the sport was so impactful that even WWE Monday Night Raw took some time out from their show for Michael Cole and Pat McAfee to talk about him. And for good reason. Ole Anderson wasn’t just a Ric Flair sidekick but so much more.

Anderson’s family released his obituary, which reads:

Obituary for Mr. Alan Robert Rogowski

Mr. Alan Robert Rogowski, age 81, of Monroe, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 26, 2024 at his residence.

Mr. Rogowski was a professional wrestler and wrestled under the name of Ole Anderson. He served the United States faithfully in the Army.

Mr. Rogowski was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Joseph Rogowski and Georgiana Bryant; and his brother, Robin Rogowski.


Mr. Rogowski is survived by his significant other of twenty-two years, Marsha Cain; children, Bryant Rogowski, Christian Rogowski, Fortune Evans, Aaron Rogowski, Ethan Rogowski, Galen Rogowski, and Dana Armstrong; along with a host of grandchildren and extended family also survives.

Per the request of the family, no services will be held.

Carter Funeral Home, Winder, is entrusted with the arrangements.

Wrestling names like Tommy Dreamer, Dave Meltzer, and Ric Flair himself have begun sharing memories of Ole Anderson on social media.


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Ole Anderson Has A Complicated Legacy In Wrestling

Ole Arn Anderson Champions

Ole Anderson is a wrestling legend, getting his start in 1968 as part of the Minnesota Wrecking Crew with his kayfabe brother Gene Anderson. The pair won several tag team championships, before Arn Anderson took over for Gene in the group. Ole and Arn joined Tully Blanchard and J.J. Dillon (who acted as their manager) in 1986, becoming the dominant Four Horsemen.


After his wrestling career, Ole Anderson became a booker in WCW, but many of his ideas bombed, and he wasn’t liked backstage. He also voiced the infamous Shockmaster. No matter his failures, Ole Anderson was also a wrestling legend and he will be missed. We at The Sportster send our condolences to his family.

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