WWE’s Leon White - aka ‘Vader’ - dies at 63

21 Juin, 2018, 12:55 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • WWE star Big Van Vader dead at 63

He became a three-time WCW World Champion.

Jesse noted White was diagnosed with a severe bout of pneumonia about a month before his heart gave out on Monday. He was eventually inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 1996.

But where White really made his mark was in World Championship Wrestling.

— D-von Dudley (@TestifyDVon)Rest in Power Big man.

I had fond memories of Vader growing up, as I watched him compete in the old WCW in the early 90's before transitioning to WWE near the end of the decade. His finishing move was a top-rope back-flip splash dubbed the "Vadersault".

And Vader had candidly tweeted he accepted his potentially short time left as now "part of reality".

Vader terrified me as a kid and later fired me up as a rebellious teenager.

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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.

— Bubba Ray Dudley (@bullyray5150)"I fear no man and I feel no pain!"

He also shared a picture of his massive scar from the surgery running down his chest after undergoing open heart surgery.

He began his wrestling career in the 1980s after an injury forced him out of the National Football League, according to WWE.

Many fans may be familiar with Vader thanks to his numerous guest appearances on the hit ABC series "Boy Meets World", where he played himself, but as the father of one of Cory Matthews' friends, and occasional bully, Frankie Stechino.

- Ariya Daivari (@AriyaDaivariWWE) June 20, 2018I'm saddened to hear about the passing of Leon "Baby Bull" White aka "Big" Van Vader!

His three year run in WWE as "The Man They Call Vader" never quite reached the heights many expected after his previous success, although he reached a larger global audience feuding with the likes of The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels & Goldust. Leon was so far ahead of his time.

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