Former Champion Wrestler "Vader" Passed Away At 63 Due To The Permanent Health Problems
June 21, 2018 13:20 By Fabiosa
Leon Allen White, better known as Big Van Vader, passed away after heart condition deterioration at night on June 18. The former professional WWE wrestler and NFL football player had just undergone surgery but didn’t manage to recover.
If you have never seen his Vadersault, it means you have never watched the real wrestling. His Japan success was marked with an exclusive aerial maneuver he performed on the ring, which was announced the best wrestling trick in 1993.
The Vadersault is worthy of a spot on its own. pic.twitter.com/ZVgCktvqKr— LieberRifter (@RonLiebs) June 21, 2018
Before his fighting career, Vader played as an offensive lineman and was drafted by the Rams in the 3rd round of the 1978 NFL Draft. He had a son, Jesse White, who also tried to take after his father but was fired from WWE in 2013.
Unfortunately, Jesse announced about his father’s death on Monday. The big and scary Vader suffered from cognitive heart failure for two years and even underwent the open-heart surgery. Two months ago, Leon claimed he was feeling fine and was about to leave the hospital.
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
A month after that, Vader’s son announced his dad was diagnosed with unpleasant pneumonia, drastically deteriorating his health. The 3-time WCW heavyweight champ eventually died on June 18 due to the heart stop that turned out not to be strong enough even after the surgery.
The fans are mourning the wrestler. Twitter users keep reminiscing about the most memorable moments and keep sending Vader their sincerest condolences.
Saddened to hear of the passing of Leon White, aka Big Van Vader, aka Vader. If you only knew him from his WWE run, look into his prior work, too -- such a dominant character and performer. One of the best "monsters" in wrestling history. pic.twitter.com/tZktYUA7Y7— Dinosaur Dracula (@DinosaurDracula) June 20, 2018
Now that he has passed away, it makes Vader's recent push to get in the WWE Hall of Fame while alive an even more depressing story.— Ryan Satin (@ryansatin) June 20, 2018
Hope they do it posthumously. It's deserved.#RIPVader
RIP Leon White, aka Vader. One of the best big men in wrestling history.— "The Influencer" Brian Zane (@zmanbrianzane) June 20, 2018
We hope the big boy found a better place up there and feels no pain in his strong heart.