WWE star Vader has died at age 63 after a string of health problems. The 90s WWE mainstay, whose real name was Leon White, passed away on June 18th. The giant of a man stood six-foot-four and weighed a whopping 450 pounds.
Before joining the wrestling profession in 1985, White was an American football player. Known for his hard-hitting style and his ability to perform incredible athletic feats, in spite of his massive size.
All the way up until his final WWE appearance in 2012, Vader was considered to be one of the greatest super heavyweight wrestlers of all time.
His son took to the wrestler’s twitter account to deliver the sad news, "It is with a heavy heart to inform everyone that my father, Leon White, passed away on Monday night (6/18/18) at approximately 7:25pm.
"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."
According to the Star, “Previously, the six-time world champion revealed has revealed his doctors believed his ‘heart is worn out.’
“And Vader had candidly tweeted he accepted his potentially short time left as now ‘part of reality.’
“He was always famed for his agility despite his size, being able to perform his ‘Vadersault’ flip from the ropes.
“Real name Leon White, The Mastadon wrestled in WWE from 1996 to 1998 and previously enjoyed major success in rival company WCW and in Japan.”
Without an official cause of death being released, we can possibly get a clue as to what happened from social media. In early May, White posted this to his Twitter page: “Yesterday I had a surgery on my heart. My heart had shifted to an A-Fib irregular heartbeat A person in a fib has substantially increased chance of Heart Attack & Stroke. The surgery was to put the HEART in normal sinus rhythm. it was a success”
Vader’s death comes on the heels of the passing of another WWE star, Big Bully Busick who died earlier this year after losing his battle with cancer. He was only 63.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to Leon White’s family and friends. He will be missed.