Rene Goulet, a Canadian professional wrestler, passed away back in May, but it wasn't made public until this week. The Cauliflower Alley Club broke the news on Wednesday morning via social media. He was 86 years old.
"Sad news to pass along, The Cauliflower Alley Club said in a statement. "We learned that Rene Goulet passed away back on May 25th of this year, but it wasn’t made public until this morning. Rene was a long-tenured wrestler with the WWF/E, tag champ and road agent. The CAC offers our deepest sympathies to his family and friends."
There were a number of Facebook users that paid their respects to Goulet.
"Sgt. Jacques Goulet was a regular fixture at the Boston Garden when he was working as an agent, in the early 90s. Never heard a bad word about him as a wrestler nor as an agent," wrote one fan.
"He wrestled on the first card I ever saw. It was in the AWA and he faced Larry Heinimi (Lars Anderson) R.I.P. Rene," added another.
"Mr. Rene Goulet won the WWWF Tag team titles with Karl Gotch in 1971 & Ten years later won the MSG Tag League with Andre the Giant in New Japan Pro-Wrestling," a third wrote. "Rest well Mr. Goulet, you'll be sorely missed."
More wrestling fans paid tribute to Goulet on Twitter.
It's come out that Rene Goulet passed away May 25, 2019 but wasn't made public at the time.
Rene was a longtime wrestler, and was a long tenured employee of WWE. pic.twitter.com/QI73Rzz3kc— Matt Farmer (@mattfarmer93) December 11, 2019
We have just learn the passing of former wrestler and WWE agent Rene Goulet at the age of 86. He actually passed away on May 25, but his death wasn’t made public at the time. Born in Quebec City, Goulet was a former WWE tag team champion and worked as an WWE agent for 15 years. pic.twitter.com/PDK886F4TF— Pat Laprade (@PatLaprade) December 11, 2019
Sad to hear about the passing of former WWF star Rene Goulet. He passed away back in May. He will be missed. R.I.P. 🙁 pic.twitter.com/tx9tel0J8r— Todd Lucier (@MrOldSchool22) December 11, 2019
Goulet made his debut in 1957 and he ended his career in 1987. He will be known to be the first person to defeat Ric Flair who went on to win the world championship in WCW and WWE 16 times. Goulet was also in the first televised WWF match on the USA Network as he faced his former tag team partner Tito Santana.