Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

WWE wrestler Leon White - aka Vader - passes away

WWE wrestler Leon White - aka Vader - passes away

Prior to wrestling, White had a promising football career. 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. Race managed Vader during his stint in WCW.

Ben Savage and Leon "Vader" White on "Boy Meets World" in 1995. He brought out the very best in so many people he faced - including me. The big man would go to the top rope and do a backflip from up high, crashing down on his opponent. Others may remember him from the ring where he clashed with the likes of Mick Foley.

- Gabe Sapolsky (@BookItGabe) June 20, 2018We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Vader. One of my all time favorites. "#RIPVader", wrote Booker T. I'm forever grateful for the conversations I was able to share with him.

Vader, who launched his wrestling career in 1985, was a household name in America and Japan before becoming a marquee figure in the WCW in the early 90s, becoming a three-time heavyweight champ.

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White started off in the American Wrestling Association as Baby Bull, then began going by Big Van Vader in New Japan Pro Wrestling in 1987.

Now, the world of professional wrestling has lost a multi-time former world champion, a legend, and one of the most talented big men to ever set foot inside of a ring.

Before his wrestling career, Vader - real name Leon White - was a football star at the University of Colorado where he was a 2-time All-American offensive lineman.

White returned to the USA in 1990 and began wrestling for United States promotion World Championship Wrestling (WCW) under the Big Van Vader moniker, and had legendary bouts with fellow icons including Sting and Ron Simmons.

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