Former WWE Star Vader Says He Has Two Years To Live
Former WWE star Vader tweeted some sad news about his health last night, revealing that doctors have given him two years to live.
In the tweet, Vader states that he was told by two separate heart doctors that his heart is worn out from years of football and professional wrestling. As a result, he has developed congestive heart failure, which resulted in the prognosis of having just two years to live.
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
— Big Van Vader (@itsvadertime) November 15, 2016
Born Leon White, Vader became a legend in Japan as a multi-time AJPW and IWGP heavyweight champion, and stormed the U.S. in the early 90s as one of the most dominant world champions in WCW history. By the time he came to WWE, he was treated as an unstoppable monster. At least for the first year, anyway. From there, WWE sort of killed the mystique by beating the guy like a drum until he was basically a lower midcarder by mid-1998. But the fact remains that he was one of the best “big man” workers of his generation. Personally, Big Van Vader is my favorite “big man” worker in history, and although I only ever saw him live once, I remember 12-year-old me being in awe of how big the guy was.
As recently as August, the 61-year-old was still wrestling, defeating Will Ospreay in a much-hyped encounter for Revolution Pro in the UK. There was some talk that he could be put into the Hall of Fame, although the talks fell through earlier this year. For what it’s worth, Hall of Famer Mick Foley made the argument on Facebook today for why Vader deserves to be in the WWE Hall of Fame. I could see a groundswell of public support potentially earning Vader the Hall of Fame berth he’s so badly wanted. For my money, he certainly deserves it. Still, this is sad news to hear about a guy who’s given so much to this business.
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