• Photo slideshow:Maurice "Mad Dog Vachon, 1929-2013. * * *
Former pro wrestler Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon, a French Canadian who lived his last three decades in Omaha, died Thursday. He was 84.
A 1948 Olympian, he became a pro wrestling villain and took part in 13,000 bouts before retiring in 1986.
His wife of 34 years, Kathie, said that his health had been deteriorating and that he died in his sleep at their Omaha home.
Vachon started his career as an amateur, taking part in the 1948 London Games at 18. He competed as a middleweight and finished seventh.
He later became an international star as a pro, earning 30 titles. He joined the World Wrestling Federation in 1984 but it was a short-lived stay with the organization. His last pro bout was in his native Montreal on Oct. 13, 1986.
He entered the Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2004 with brother Paul, his tag-team partner in the 1970s.
Funeral services were pending.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.