Legendary WWE wrestler Big Van Vader dead at 63

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 12:46 PM

WWE wrestler Big Van Vader in 2015 at a WWE Hall of Fame Induction. Vader died at age 63 in 2018. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)
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WWE wrestler Big Van Vader in 2015 at a WWE Hall of Fame Induction. Vader died at age 63 in 2018. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)(Jed Jacobsohn /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

Former WWE superstar Big Van Vader has died after battling congestive heart failure, according to a Twitter post from his son. 

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TMZ reported that the athlete's son confirmed the news, saying, “Around a month ago, my father was diagnosed with a severe case of Pneumonia. He fought extremely hard and clinically was making progress. Unfortunately, on Monday night his heart had enough and it was his time.”

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The WWE also confirmed the news. 

 
Vader, whose real name is Leon White, started out in national sports in 1978 when he was drafted by the Rams. He played in Super Bowl XIV against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He retired from the NFL in the mid-1980s due to injury and joined the WWE roster in 1996. He also had a recurring guest role on the ABC sitcom “Boy Meets World” during that time.

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