Legendary pro-wrestling villain Vader dies at age 63

Brenda Watkins
June 22, 2018

His son, Jesse White, broke the news via Twitter Wednesday morning, saying his father passed away Monday. A follow-up message read, "Around a month ago my father was diagnosed with a severe case of Pneumonia".

A super heavyweight that was ahead of his time, Vader combined a brawling style with agility not seen by many men his size. He assumed the persona of Big Van Vader while wrestling for New Japan Pro Wrestling, wearing an intimidating mask.

Following his four-year WWE stint, White wrestled regularly in Japan and the United States for companies such as All Japan Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Noah and Total Nonstop Action (TNA).

Over his career, he became a three-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion in NJPW and a three-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion. "I have two years to live, congestive heart failure reality".

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Wrestling legend Vader has died aged 63, according to reports on social media.

Ric Flair, who had one of the greatest Starrcade main event matches against Vader in 1993, said: "Sorry To Hear About The Loss Of Another Great!" The big man from the Rocky Mountains chose to push his eye back into place and continued the match for several minutes.

In a career that spanned some 31 years, Vader's most successful period in professional wrestling arrived during the early 1990s while part of WCW. But he played only sparingly in two years with the Rams because of a bad knee, and although he did get to line up against Pittsburgh's Steel Curtain defense in a Super Bowl, his National Football League career was otherwise not noteworthy. He moved to WWE in 1996, fighting stars like Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker.

We here at FanSided send our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the man known as Vader.

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