Wrestler Big Van Vader has died at 63

Lawrence Kim
June 21, 2018

We at Wrestling Rumors extend our deepest condolences to the White family during this hard time.

Vader had undergone open-heart surgery back in March and seemed to be doing well - but his health took a turn for the worse and he wasn't able to recover. Then in 1987, White joined New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) using the moniker Big Van Vader.

Vader, in WCW, was a three-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion and had once captured the United States Championship.

White died Monday night due to complications from pneumonia.

But where White really made his mark was in World Championship Wrestling. Superstars like Braun Strowman and Luke Harper certainly got their inspiration from Big Van Vader.

Among the more infamous incidents of Vader's career includes an incident while the WWE was on tour in Kuwait.

Trained by Brad Rheingans, White began his wrestling career in the mid-1980s in the American Wrestling Association under the name Baby Bull and later Bull Power.

"I would say, I would virtually do a Vince McMahon guarantee that Vader's going into the WWE Hall Of Fame next year". The WrestleZone report on the incident says that Vader spent a week on house arrest after the incident and was facing assault charges.

His championship accolades include winning the AJPW Triple Crown heavyweight title (twice), the IWGP heavyweight title (three times), and the WCW world heavyweight title (three times).

In November 2016, Vader had sent out a tweet revealing that he only had two years to live. His feud with Shawn Michaels during the summer of 1996 was the highlight of his WWF run.

He last wrestled in April 2017 in Japan. Vader also had a recurring guest role on 90s sitcom Boy Meets World.

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