Vader was a monster heel during the early 90’s in WCW. He won championships in several promotions including All Japan Pro Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling, and the Universal Wrestling Federation, among other organizations.
In recent years, he has talked about his health issues, most notably issues with his heart. Vader’s son noted on Twitter that his father was diagnosed with a severe case of pneumonia about a month ago and he was making progress but his heart gave out.
Vader passed away on Monday night.
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. pic.twitter.com/dP4CNaMuXa
— Big Van Vader (@itsvadertime) June 20, 2018
We send along condolences to his friends and family.