Harley Race

Harley Race (Wikimedia Commons)

(FOX Carolina) - Pro-wrestling legend Harley Race passed away Thursday due to complications from lung cancer, the WWE announced.

Race rose to prominence in the 1970s and 80s wrestling in the National Wrestling Alliance territories.

Race won the NWA Heavyweight Championship seven times, a record which Ric Flair surpassed in 1991.

Race joined WWE in 1986 and became the promotion's first ever "King of the Ring."

Race was 76.

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