WWE legend Big Van Vader who was recognised as the best big man in wrestling history – has died. Reports gotten from his Twitter account says.
The 63-year-old, real name Leon White, was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 2016 and doctors said he had just two years to live, Mirror UK reports.
The superheavyweight had twice undergone heart surgery this year, revealing on May 9 that he had successfully gone under the knife again.
But this afternoon his Twitter account tweeted:
“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.”
A second post, added:
“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.”
Vader competed with WWE in the mid-1990s after becoming a major household name with WCW, following an incredible spell in Japan.
Nicknamed The Mastodon, the former NFL star battled with fellow icons such as The Undertaker, Sting, Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels.
Despite being 6fft 4in and nearly 500lb, he could perform stunning high flying moves, such as his corner slingshot splash, the Vader Bomb, and rolling moonsault or Vadersault.
Before pulverising his opponents, the giant masked star would declare “It’s time, it’s Vader Time.”