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Thursday, January 09, 2003
  Andre the Giant facts

Former WWF tag team champion w/ Haku.

Appeared at the first 6 WrestleManias.

WrestleMania 1: Beat Big John Studd in a bodyslam match.

WrestleMania 2: Won a WWF/NFL Battle Royal.

WrestleMania 3: Lost to Hulk Hogan (Event set an indoor attendance record that still stands).

WrestleMania 4: Received bye in round 1 of tournament, fought to a double DQ w/ Hulk Hogan in round 2.

WrestleMania 5: Lost by DQ to Jake "The Snake" Roberts.

WrestleMania 6: Lost tag team titles w/ Haku to Demolition.

André suffered from acromegaly, in which the body doesn't stop secreting growth hormone.

Professional wrestler

Weighed about 520 lbs

At time of death, was in Paris to attend his father's funeral.

Lost a few inches of height toward the end of his career.

Conceptual artist Shepard Fairey uses Andre's image in a series of posters and stickers as part of his "Phenomenology" project.

Ranked #3 in the "PWI 500" of the PWI Years (1979-1999) (Pro Wrestling Illustrated 20th Anniversary Special)

Awarded the 1993 PWI Editor's Award.

One of the 100 Greatest Wrestlers of the 20th Century (Inside Wrestling Presents, Summer 2000).

First inductee into the WWF Hall of Fame (1993).
 
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