Pro wrestler Big Van Vader dies at 63

- NJPW, WCW, and WWE icon Big Van Vader has passed away at the age of 63, according to his family. 

“It is with a heavy heart to inform everyone that my father, Leon White, passed away on Monday night (6/18/18) at approximately 7:25pm,” a tweet on the Big Van Vader account said.

The Twitter page stated, around a month ago White 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," the account said. 

The former pro wrestler and NFL lineman announced in 2016 that doctors told him he had just two years to live due to congestive heart failure. White said his wrestling and football careers were to blame.

White was an All-American at the University of Colorado before being drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 1978. He took up wrestling after being forced into early retirement from football due to an injury. He went on to win the championship belt in World Championship Wrestling and later grappled for World Wrestling Entertainment.

White AKA "Vader" was known in the ring for his catchphrase, “It’s Vader Time.”

The Associated Press contributed to this article. 

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