According to his twitter account, former WCW Heavyweight Champion Big Van Vader, who's real name was Leon White, has passed away at the age of 63. This comes after a lengthy battle with severe pneumonia.
White became famous performing in World Championship Wrestling, where he won the top title, and later in the World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment. He also played professional football with the Los Angeles Rams, playing in Super Bowl XIV against the Pittsburgh Steelers being one of his career highlights.
Along with performing with many smaller wrestling promotions over the years, Vader has also worked with New Japan Pro Wrestling, Total Nonstop Action, All Japan Pro Wrestling, and Pro Wrestling Noah.