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Former NFL Player, WWE Wrestler Vader Dies From Heart Failure

WWE wrestler Vader before a match.

A legend of the WWE passed away earlier this week. According to his son, Leon White, better known by his stage name Big Van Vader, died earlier this week after a two-year battle with congestive heart failure.

He was 63. Vader's son made the announcement on Twitter.

"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," White’s son wrote on Twitter.

He contunied, "Around a month ago my father 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."

Here's the announcement.

Vader, was a former college football star at Colorado where he was a two-time All-American. He was drafted into the NFL before injuries cut his career short, but not before he played in a Super Bowl with the Los Angeles Rams.

Following his retirement from the NFL, Vader rose through the wrestling ranks. He eventually made it to the World Championship Wrestling where he won three WCW titles.

Vader graduated to the WWE where he battled superstars such as the Undertaker and Kane.