COLORADO (CelebrityAccess) Leon White, 63, aka WWE legend Vader, died Monday night, according to his son, Jessie White. Vader had announced in 2016 that he had two years to live because of heart issues.
Vader began his career in 1985 as part of the American Wrestling Association following two years as center for the Los Angeles Rams, according to Bleacher Report.
He went on to be a three-time WCW world heavyweight champion, a one-time WCW United States champion, and captured 19 major championships during a 40-year career. Some of his rivals were the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels.
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. pic.twitter.com/hJYjumvxjH
— Big Van Vader (@itsvadertime) June 20, 2018