Legendary women's wrestler passes away
May 14, 2008
Legendary women's wrestler Penny Banner passed away Monday night at her daughter's home in North Carolina, reports CauliflowerAlleyClub.org on May 13. Penny was the first AWA Women's Champion as well as the first recipient of the Cauliflower Alley Club's Art Abrams Lifetime Achievement Award and a member of the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in New York. Banner will also be the first woman inducted into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in Newton, Iowa. She had been battling cancer for the past few years and died in her sleep. More on Banner including tributes from CAC members can be found here.