Big Van Vader (1955 - 2018), wrestling legend

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.



Related Posts

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano continues to ooze lava
Hawaii Civil Defense said 5,914 acres or 9.25 square miles of land had been affected by the Leilani eruption as of Monday. David Ige said Thursday that President Trump approved the request for individual assistance Thursday.

Microsoft acquires education-focused video platform Flipgrid
Customers who already purchased a subscription from Flipgrid will receive a prorated refund . The service now sports a user base of more than 20 million people across 180 countries.

Drastic cuts to Telstra's phone plans
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull spoke to Telstra boss Andy Penn on Tuesday night about the job cuts and the transition funding. Telstra also on Wednesday gave a profit forecast for its 2019 financial year that fell short of analysts' expectations.

Diego Costa grabs lucky goal as relieved Spain beat Iran 1-0
But the Persians kept their shape superbly, restricting Spain to a handful of chances from David Silva in the first half. Iran were brilliant in defence for much of the night but also made a number of telling incursions.

Cyberpunk 2077 E3 demo ran on single GTX 1080 Ti
We can at the very least confirm that the game is set to arrive on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC when it does reach retail shelves.

Homeland Security prepares order to end family separations at border
The national outcry has roiled midterm election campaigns, emboldening Democrats while putting Republicans on the defensive. But Trump touched on many topics during the meeting, including his historic meeting with the North Korean Kim Jong Un.

Senegal fans spotted cleaning up after themselves after Poland victory
Lewandowski sprang into life five minutes after halftime as he won possession, burst clear and was up-ended by Salif Sane .

99.6% of Icelandic nation watch draw against Argentina
The 30-year-old will now be desperate to make amends in Argentina's second group match against Croatia on Wednesday night. On the contrary, we must play together - and if he is in the form that he usually is, all the better".

Ruben Loftus-Cheek wants first-team role with Chelsea
So I still feel I need a proper season of playing, "he said". "I knew Gareth from the under-21s but senior football is a step up. Loftus-Cheek impressed and is in line to start for the Three Lions against Panama on Sunday if Alli can not prove his fitness.

Lisa Armstrong shares 'heartbreak' after claims of Ant McPartlin's 'new romance'
Ant's wife Lisa Armstrong is heartbroken after reading in the papers he is dating his PA. who she considered a "friend". Back in May 2017, Lisa shared a photo of herself with Ant's now rumoured girlfriend calling her "my homie".

© 2015 ExpressNewsline. All Rights reserved.