Reported by Jay Flannagan of WrestleView.com
Huracan Ramirez, Creator Of The Huracanrana, Passes Away At Age 80
On Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 12:13 PM EST Huracan Ramirez (real name Daniel Garcia), passed away this morning at 80. PWInsider.com received the following this morning about Ramirez's death from Caesar Cadena:
In an Eluniversal.com.mx report, legendary luchador Huracan Ramirez passed away this morning. He was 80 years old.
Daniel Garcia, his real name, was born in 1926 in Mexico City. He was famous for hiding his identity even from his closest friends, going even further than Santo and Mil Mascaras.
Garcia was the youngest and most famous of four brother wrestlers (La Pantera Roja, Rudy Garcia, El Demonio Rojo). He practiced the sport during 15 years until he debuted as "El Buitre Blanco" (The White Vulture).
The character of Huracan Ramirez was born in 1952 from the movie "Huracan Ramirez". His debut as a luchador occurred a year later wrestling Medico Asesino in the Arena Mexico.
During his start, he wrestled luchador titans as El Santo, Blue Demon, El Verdugo, Murcielago Velazquez and others.
His career in the ring lasted for 36 years until his retirement on February 5th, 1987 at the Toreo de Cuatro Caminos.
During part of his career he had a legendary feud with Karloff Lagarde over the Welterweight NWA Title and won the masks of Espanto III and El Enfermero.
Huracan Ramirez is famous inside the ring for creating the move Huracarrana. He is also one of the few cases where the character preceded the luchador as he was not the Huracan Ramirez of the first couple of movies (it was played by an actor by the name of David Silva and was doubled in the ring by a wrestler by the name of Fernando Oses). He did play himself in several movies such as "Huracan Ramirez y la Monjita Negra", "De Sangre Chicana", "Torito Puños de Oro", "Torito de Tepito".
Huracan Ramirez did not own his character. It was owned by the son of the director of the original movie, Mr. Juan Rodriguez-Mass. Several people played the character in the ring before and four actors played him on the screen. Also some "descendants" of the characters where released such as Huracan Ramirez, Jr. and Hijo del Huracan Ramirez, none able to catch the mystique of the character played by Daniel Garcia.
After his retirement the Rodriguez-Mass wanted to release a new movie with a new luchador in order to make the character go on. Garcia refused and on May 1988 he unmasked and revealed his real name. The movie "Huracan contra los Terroristas" was released but was a total flop.
Garcia continued to make personal presentations until very recently.
On behalf of everyone at WrestleView.com we'd like to offer our condolences and best wishes to Ramirez's family, friends and fans during this sad time.