Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon, who wrestled for Canada in the 1948 Olympics before fighting in more than 13,000 bouts as a professional, died Thursday in his sleep at his Omaha home. He was 84.
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. Vachon 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 October 13, 1986.
Vachon entered the Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2004 with brother Paul, his tag-team partner in the 1970s.
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