While the cause of death was not immediately released, Albano, 76, had reportedly been suffering from several illnesses and was living at home with his family under hospice care.

Captain Lou, once called “one of the most hated men in wrestling,” began his career in the 1960s as half of “The Sicilians” tag team, according to World Wrestling Entertainment.

Although he was a member of WWE from 1983 until 1996, much of the bearded, Hawaiian shirt wearing wrestler’s success came from managing other wrestlers in the ’70s.

His fame hit new heights in 1983, when he appeared as an exasperated father in the video for Cyndi Lauper’s smash single “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.”

In addition to showing up in “Girls” and several other videos with Lauper (“Time After Time,” “She Bop” and “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough”), Albano also had a semi-successful acting career in television (“Miami Vice”) and film (“Stay Tuned”) and was immortalized as the voice of iconic video game character Mario in “The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!” cartoon in 1989.