Big Van Vader (1955 - 2018), wrestling legend

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Big Van Vader (1955 - 2018), wrestling legend

There have been concerns about his heart for quite some time, since White announced his struggles publicly on Twitter back in November 2016.

Wrestling legend and multiple-time world champion Vader died on Monday, June 18. White played Big Van Vader (or Vader) during a career that spanned over 30 years and lasted until just before his death.

The WWE said it "is saddened to learn" that Leon White passed away.

White played two years in the National Football League with the Los Angeles Rams after being selected 80th overall in the 1978 draft. But the efforts he made before the physical ailments took hold showcase a man who broke the mold of what a giant was allowed to do in the world of pro wrestling.

Professional wrestler star and former world champion, Vader, real name Leon White and also known as Big Van Vader, has died at the age of 63.

Trained by Brad Rheingans, White began his wrestling career in the mid-1980s in the American Wrestling Association under the name Baby Bull and later Bull Power.

Vader debuted in WWE at the 1996 Royal Rumble, having already established himself as a "monster heel" in the industry during spells with New Japan Pro Wrestling and WCW.

"WWE extends its condolences to White's family, friends and fans".

White returned to the USA in 1990 and began wrestling for United States promotion World Championship Wrestling (WCW) under the Big Van Vader moniker, and had legendary bouts with fellow icons including Sting and Ron Simmons.

White also channeled his in-ring persona for a recurring guest role on the hit '90s sitcom Boy Meets World.

Vader fought with Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker during the height of his career, and he continued to compete in the sport in the years that followed.

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