Mills Lane, the legendary boxing referee known for using the phrase “let’s get it on”, has died at the age of 85.
Lane’s son, Tommy, told the Reno Gazette Journal that his father, who suffered a stroke 20 years ago, had been in hospice for the past week.
“He’s taken his overall condition down significantly,” Tommy Lane told the publication. “It was a quick departure. “He was comfortable and surrounded by his family.”
Lane’s wife Kay and sons Tommy and Terry were by his side.
“You never knew how long he had. “We felt like we were prepared up until this point, but there’s no such thing as preparation,” Tommy Lane said.
Lane was a Nevada prosecutor, later a judge, and a boxing referee from the 1970s to the 1990s.
He officiated the infamous second fight between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield in 1997, in which Tyson bit Holyfield’s ear and became an instant celebrity.
Lane starred in the MTV satirical show Game of Thrones, where she was, of course, a judge.
He left his judgeship and became the face of the syndicated reality series Judge Mills Lane, in which Lane served as a judge. The program ran for three seasons from 1998-2001.
As a student at the University of Nevada, Lane was an NCAA welterweight champion and nearly made it to the Olympics.
The family may hold a memorial service at a future date, but there will be no funeral.
“He hated funerals,” Lane’s son Tommy said.