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Ex-WWE Superstar Vader Dead at 63

By TheBlast Staff

One of the biggest legends in the history of wrestling has died after a battle with pneumonia.

Vader's son just made the announcement that his father died Monday night at the age of 63. He had been battling congestive heart failure for the past couple of years, and his son said around a month ago he was diagnosed with a "severe case of Pneumonia."

His son said he was fighting hard, but his heart "had enough and it was time."

Vader, real name Leon White, became famous for his reign as a 3x WCW Champion and a run in the WWE. But, the wrestler was revered in Japan where he became a legend and is widely considered one of the greatest super heavyweights to ever enter the ring.

He was also a two-time All American football player in college for the University of Colorado and was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 1978.

At over 450 lbs, Vader was known for his high-flying signature moves like the Vader Bomb and Vadersault.


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