Wrestling legend Road Warrior Animal passes away aged 60

Brenda Watkins
September 25, 2020

Wrestling star Joseph Laurinaitis, who was better known as Road Warrior Animal, has died at the age of 60. At this time we ask for you to keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers.

Prominent during the 90s and 2000s, many regard the Legion of Doom as the greatest tag team in WWE history. He was 60 years old. "God speed and blessings to your handsome family, one love4Life. HH".

The WWE also released a statement via their website, describing the 6-foot-2 and 300-pound Animal as "one of the most intense Superstars to ever step into the squared circle".

Former WWE Superstar Hulk Hogan was the first one to announce Laurinaitis' death.

With their spiked shoulder pads, Mohawk hairstyles, menacing war paint, and "Iron Man" entrance theme, the Road Warriors became a certified phenomenon throughout the territories, and especially in Japan. Together the duo formed what was arguably the most successful, popular and feared tandem of all time - The Road Warriors, the WWE said in a statement posted Wednesday on its website.

Few details about Animal's death were released.

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The wrestler and his ex-wife Julie have two children, a son named James, 34, and a daughter called Jessica, 31.

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Road Warrior Animal entertained fans for decades both in and out of the ring. My condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans.

A student of Eddie Sharkey's, Laurinaitis broke into the wrestling business in 1982.

Laurinaitis forged a famous career alongside his tag team partner Hawk, where the duo dubbed themselves "The Road Warriors".

Fightful extends its condolences to Laurinaitis' family and friends. Thank you Animal and Hawk.

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