WWE Legend Big Van Vader Told He May Only Have Two Years Left To Live

One of the most iconic characters from the 90s heyday of WWE has received grave news.

WWE and WCW icon Big Van Vader.
Big Van Vader A WWE icon and Hall of Famer. Image Getty

Leon White may lack the Hollywood good looks at Dwayne Johnson but refer to him by his wrestling moniker, Vader, and the chances are you will get a reaction that’s on a par with the one that traditionally greets The Rock.

An iconic part of WWE, then WWF, back in the mid-90s, Vader had attitude at a time when the “Attitude Era” wasn’t even a thing in wrestling.

A big, hulking, beast of a man in the tradition of WWE brawlers far and wide, Vader is perhaps most recognisable for the mask he wore each and every match.

A strange, red number that looked like someone’s attempt at creating a Spider-Man mask out of their mum’s old thong, it was a look that helped cement Vader’s status as an icon of the sport.

Now 61, time has not been kind to Vader, who has suffered a series of health issues brought on, in no small part by his endeavours in the ring.

Having previously undergone double knee replacement surgery, White found himself bed-ridden for six months after his surgical wounds became infected.

More recently, he was involved in a fatal car accident that saw his vehicle roll over multiple times with Vader left unconscious for around 35 minutes before help arrived.

A recovered alcoholic who has been through his share of rough and tumbles, Vader subsequently took to Twitter to reveal yet more devastating news – he is dying.

Told by doctors that a career of wrestling and, prior to that, American football had taken a toll on his heart, Vader revealed he could have just two years left to live.

The WWE legend tweeted: “Told by 2.heart Drs at this time that my heart is wore out from footbal&wrestling I have 2 yrs to live , conjestive hesrt failure reality”

Despite the sad news, Vader will have undoubtedly been touched by the outpouring of emotion from fans keen to see one of their idols pull through.

It seems that, while White may only have limited time left, his fans are going to everything in their power to make sure it counts.

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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.