Famous 'WWE Hall of Fame' star dies after he was hit by a pickup truck

Cheryl Kahla
Apr 05, 2018
05:37 A.M.
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John L. Sullivan was most famously known as Johnny Valiant. He was a professional wrestler and WWE Hall of Fame inductee. 


Johnny Valiant passed away on April 4, 2018, at the age of 71, when he was hit by a pickup truck in Ross Township, a suburb of Pittsburgh. Eyewitnesses reported that he ran into a busy road. 

According to Pop Culture, the incident is being investigated by local authorities. Following his passing, World Wrestling Entertainment published a statement their website

The organization extended their condolences to Johnny's family, friends, and fans, and gave a brief description of his career as wrestler and manager. 


Valiant started his career nearly five decades ago in Detroit where he worked as a midcarder by setting up rings, refereeing and competing. 

He became a household name in 1974 when Johnny and his brother, 'Handsome Jimmy,' won the WWWF Tag Team Championship. They held the title for a year. 

After winning the title again in 1979, Johnny started his career as a wrestling manager for the AWA, and later in 1985, at WWF. 

He managed WWE legends such as Hulk Hogan, Brutus Beefcake, Greg Valentine, and Demolition. Johnny was also responsible for creating the Dream Team, with wrestlers Beefcake and Valentine. 


From 1985 to 1989, he focused on the Dream Team, and the duo went on to win the WWF Tag Team Championships when they defeated Mike Rotundo and Barry Windham.

They lost the title the following year, during WrestleMania 2, to The British Bulldogs. In 1989, Valient returned to the American Wrestling Association. 

Valiant pursued a career in acting and had a critical acclaimed one-man show titled An Evening With Johnny Valiant. He was immortalized in 1996 when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

He remarried in 2004 and settled down in Queens, New York.