Nikolai Volkoff, a fixture of the WWE in the 1980s, passed away, the league announced on Sunday. He was 70.
No word on a cause of death but PWInsider reports Volkoff had recently been hospitalized in Maryland for dehydration issues.
The Hall of Fame wrestler (real name Josip Nikolai Peruzović) battled the likes of Sgt. Slaughter and Hulk Hogan during wrestling’s rise in 1980s.
Volkoff often wrestled with another heel, The Shiek, who commented on his partner’s passing as only he can.
MY BEST FRIEND. MY PARTNER. MY BROTHER. WE GET MORE HEAT THAN ANYONE ON EARTH. I TRUST HIM WITH MY LIFE. HE TAKE CARE OF ME WHEN I WAS DOWN. I MISS YOU FOREVER 💔 pic.twitter.com/pp7ZgQRDnb
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) July 29, 2018
Volkoff made his debut in 1967 and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.