The Cauliflower Alley Club posted the following sad news:

It is with a heavy heart the Cauliflower Alley Club announces that The Greatest AWA World Champion of all time and former CAC President Nicholas “Nick” Bockwinkel passed away Saturday night at approx. 8:40 pm due to health issues. We will have more on this later Sunday afternoon. The Cauliflower Alley Club, it’s members, and all of Nicks fans & friends send their condolences to Darlene & the Bockwinkel family at this time.
The Bockwinkel family ask for everyone to respect their privacy at this time.

Morgan Dollar

Executive Vice President

We want to pass along our deepest condolences here on to Nick’s family friends and fans in this trying time. He will be missed.

Here are the initial social media reactions from the wrestling world as they wake up to the news of this great leaving this earth