Leon 'Big Van Vader' White Dead: WWE Legend Dies at 63


WWE legend Jeon White, better known by his in-ring moniker Big Van Vader, passed away Monday night at the age of 63.

"Around a month ago my father was diagnosed with a severe case of pneumonia", the tweet read.

For years he performed at the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

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Vader, in WCW, was a three-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion and had once captured the United States Championship. The idea here was that a champion's matches can't get over unless the audience believes the belt could change hands, and it's hard to believe an overpowering big man could lose to someone much smaller than him. He had runs with the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in Japan, as well as the WCW Championship.

According to WWE's official biography, Vader weighed 450 pounds at the time of his debut.

White was drafted as a center by the Rams in 1978.

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We picked out a few of our favorite posts from his peers, but almost everyone in wrestling with access to the internet has made a gesture in Vader's memory. I said a lot of the things I really felt needed to be said at that time - and probably need to be repeated now, more than ever. He moved to WWE in 1996, fighting stars like Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker. During an event in Japan in Spring 2017, Vader collapsed during a show, which he claimed was because of a shot to the head.

Vader just had a successful open-heart surgery in March 2018, as reported by his son Jesse on Vader's Twitter.

"WWE extends its condolences to White's family, friends and fans", a spokesman for WWE wrote in a statement.

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WWE acknowledged his passing on Twitter shortly after the news broke, but whether he will be inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame in the near future remains to be seen.