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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Wrestling legend Vader dies from heart complications

One of the most recognizable faces in the history of professional wrestling has died, as the man known as Big Van Vader passed away this week due to heart complications.

Vader, whose real name was Leon White, was diagnosed with congestive heart failure about two years ago. His son wrote on Twitter Wednesday that White died at age 63 after he was admitted to the hospital with a severe case of pneumonia several weeks ago.

Vader wrestled in several different professional organizations and was a three-time WCW champion. Prior to beginning his career as a pro wrestler, he was a two-time All-American offensive lineman at the University of Colorado. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the third round of the 1978 NFL Draft and played two seasons with the team, including a Super Bowl appearance in 1979.

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