The wrestling world has turned to social media to show their appreciation for Finkel, including Vince McMahon and Roman Reigns. Even Madison Square Garden has shown appreciation for the legendary advertiser.
The ECW original and one of Finkel’s close friends Tommy Dreamer spoke to Busted Open Radio on Thursday where he revealed that Finkel had a genetic brain disease. Dreamer said that Finkel’s love for wrestling never faltered, even when his health began to deteriorate.
“Many people have said that Howard had a stroke,” said Dreamer. “Howard has not had a stroke. Howard had a rare genetic brain disease. His brain was shrinking and I hate it because everyone thinks the Fink and he was slowly losing his mind. He had systems similar to strokes but continued to fall out of his brain. I have not posted photos of us on social media. I took them all the time to visit him, but Howard was so proud. He didn’t want people to know he was sick. I don’t want people to feel sorry for him. He was literally sitting there watching the Mets game until it was time to watch the fight.
“I posted a photo last night on social media and everyone kept hitting me over the note over my shoulder. cell phone because of his hands. If you handed him the phone, which I would do whenever I visited, I would do FaceTime with Justin (believable). Howard’s medical note above my shoulder said, please set channel 43 to 8pm on Monday evening. The struggle is on. It was his medical note. He loved us. We were his family. That’s all he had. He loved playing in front of the fans and he loved us, without conditions. “
Finkel began working for WWE, then known as WWWF, in 1977. He was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2009.
Chris Siggia contributed to this article.