Cap’n Lou Albano, 1933-2009

Captain Lou Albano was pronounced dead earlier today at the age of 76, although no cause has been announced. I’m not posting this sad news because of his wrestling career — although the man was a major part of the awesome/awful cartoon Hulk Hogan’s Rock n’ Wrestling — but because he was, for many of us, our first Super Mario, thanks to the Super Mario Super Show, which really fell more on the awful side than awesome, frankly. Still, the man was a major presence in many a nerdy life, and he could wear rubber bands better than anyone else. Take a moment today to do the Mario in silence. It’s really, really not very complicated. (Via MTV)