WWE legend Vader aka Leon White, has passed away at the age of 63. White’s son Jesse, who is also a professional wrestler, broke the news on Twitter in a tweet saying this:
“Around a month ago my father was diagnosed with a severe case of Pneumonia. He fought extremely hard and clinically was making progress. Unfortunately, on Monday night his heart had enough and it was his time.”
In November of 2016, White was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and given two years to live. He then underwent open-heart surgery this past March and seemed to be on the mend, but instead his health further declined and he wasn’t able to recover.
Vader was probably best known for his time spent in the WWF/E in the 90’s and again with various stints throughout the 2000’s. White began his career as a pro football player, but was forced into early retirement from the sport due to an injury. The ‘Big Van Vader’ name was born when he signed on with New Japan Pro Wrestling. His rise to fame began there and over the years, White later joined the ranks of WCW, WWF/E, AJPW, TNA, as well as various other promotions around the world.
Vader found more on screen success by appearing in such shows as ‘Boy Meets World’ and ‘Baywatch.’
Rest easy big man.