WWE legend Vader dies at age 63

Cheryl Kahla
Jun 21, 2018
10:34 A.M.
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Leon Allen White, the wrestler, professionally known as Big Van Vader, Super Vader, and Bull Power, passed away earlier this week at the age of 63.


His son wrote on Twitter that Vader was 'diagnosed with a severe case of pneumonia' a month ago and added that 'his heart had enough and it was his time.' 

As reported by TMZ, Vader had been battling congestive heart problems for more than two years and needed open heart surgery twice this year, in March and again in May.

Sadly, he wasn't able to recover, and his health deteriorated. Soon after his diagnosis in 2016, his medical team told Vader that he only had two years left to live. 


He had been in hospitalized for more than a month when he passed away, and the born-again Christian leaves behind two sons. 

Vader was married only once and exchanged vows with Grace Connely in 1979. The couple filed for divorce in 2007, after 28 years of marriage. 

Vader began his wrestling career in the mid-eighties and soon made a name for himself through the American Wrestling Association. Back then, he was known as Baby Bull. 


Mick Foley, a former opponent of Big Van Vader, has called on the WWE to induct Vader posthumously into the WWE Hall of Fame. 

He said on Twitter that his 'heart is heavy with the news,' and sent his heartfelt prayers to Big Van Vader's loved ones. 

According to Independent, his wrestling career spanned more than three decades. Nevertheless, he was determined to keep going until the very end. 

In April last year, he suffered a head injury and collapsed during a live show. At that point, he already received his heart diagnosis. 

Before becoming a professional wrestler, he played football but retired due to a ruptured patella. To learn more about Vader, follow us on Twitter, at AmoMama USA.