Road Warrior Animal, real name Joseph Laurinaitis, has passed away at the age of 60 of natural causes.
News broke of Animal’s passing on Wednesday. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.
He is best known for being one half of The Road Warriors/The Legion of Doom with Road Warrior Hawk, who passed away in 2003. The team and their manager Paul Ellering were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011.
Animal and Hawk worked for various promotions through their careers in pro wrestling and are widely regarded as the most successful tag team in the history of the business. They worked WWE, WCW, Jim Crockett Promotions, and more where they held multiple championships.
You can see the reactions from various wrestlers and promotions here:
— Nick Aldis (@RealNickAldis) September 23, 2020
— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) September 23, 2020
RIP Animal,love you my brother, I know you and Hawk have a lot of unfinished business to take care of! God speed and blessings to your beautiful family,one love4Life. HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) September 23, 2020
Shocked to hear of the passing of @RWAnimal.
An iconic figure in our business who I was looking forward to seeing this Saturday night in Jackson, Tennessee at the @JerryLawler celebration.
Condolences to Joe’s family and friends. 🙏🤠
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) September 23, 2020
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Animal – one half of the legendary Road Warriors tag team. We offer our sincere condolences to his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/1v4KsUzF0D
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 23, 2020
— Vik_The_Spacelord (@VikTheSpacelord) September 23, 2020
Devastated to hear about the passing of Road Warrior Animal 💔 pic.twitter.com/PbfVqcpXbC
— David LaGreca (@davidlagreca1) September 23, 2020
I Am More Than Saddened To Hear Of The Loss Of My Good Friend And GREAT Opponent Joe Laurinaitis Of The Legendary Road Warriors. They Were Iconic! The Road Warriors And The Four Horsemen Drew More Money And Had More Fun And Entertained Fans Worldwide At The Highest Level. RIP 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/eiZ2udqGNm
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) September 23, 2020
Heartbreaking and painful to get this call this morning. Just damn. https://t.co/KQVjxszOiM
— Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) September 23, 2020
AEW and the wrestling world mourn the passing of the legendary Road Warrior Animal, our thoughts are with his family, his friends and his fans. pic.twitter.com/xAzwv8gngw
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) September 23, 2020
Terrible news to wake up to this morning. Praying for Joe's wife and family. https://t.co/8dxBpEmQqL
— Jerry Lawler (@JerryLawler) September 23, 2020
I’m in shock….So grateful for the time I got to spend with you. RIP #RIPAnimal
— #nZo (FKA Enzo Amore) (@real1) September 23, 2020
RIP Joe Laurinaitis aka @RWAnimal Very saddened to hear this awful news. A true icon of tag team wrestling, and a gentleman. We did this tribute to him and Hawk on a few occasions, and he was nothing but complimentary of it and very gracious. I will miss you my friend. Godspeed pic.twitter.com/IxRxCErQJ5
— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) September 23, 2020
I’m thinking of Road Warrior Animal Joe Laurinaitis and his entire family right now- very sad to hear this news today. https://t.co/Gz7lzLBr2M
— NattieByNature (@NatbyNature) September 23, 2020
Just found out that Road Warrior Animal has left us. Very sad to hear this, always such a nice guy whenever I would see him. So, I have a Tasmanian Devil tattoo on my right arm, he was my inspiration to get that before I started wrestling training. #RIP pic.twitter.com/iynxmE8pkb
— TAZ (@OfficialTAZ) September 23, 2020