Van Vader Bio | Biography
Leon Allen White known by his ring name Big Van Vadar was born on 14 May 1955 and died on 18 June 2018. He was an American pro wrestler, and pro football player. He most notably performed for New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), and All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) in the 90s and early 2000s. White, gained legendary status in in Japan, he was generally viewed as one of the best super heavyweight wrestlers ever.
White performed as a monstrous wrestler capable of aerial maneuvers such as the Vadersault,, which was voted as the “Best Wrestling Maneuver” for 1993 by Wrestling Observer readers. Among different awards in WCW and Japan, he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and the WCW World Heavyweight Championship three times each, the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship twice, the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship once, and won the fight imperial headliner of the 1993 Battlebowl pay-per-see. Vader was drafted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 1996.
|Birth name||Leon Allen White|
|Born||He was born on 14 May 1955 in Lynwood, California, United States|
Van Vadar Cause of Death
|Van Vadar died on June 18 at roughly 7:25 pm, following a one month period of hospitalization for pneumonia.
|Education||University of Colorado|
Van Vader Spouse(s) | Wife
|Grace Connelly (m. 1979; div. 2007)|
Van Vader Children
|He had 2 children; including Jake Carter, an American professional wrestler and former football player|
Big Van Vader
|Billed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Billed weight||456 lb (207 kg)|
Van Vadar Early life
White was born in Lynwood, California, and spent his early childhood in Compton, California. His father was a US Marine. In his early schooling While attending Los Angeles’ Bell High School, he competed in shot put on the track and field team, wrestled, and played football.
Van Vader Divorce
Due to long years of travel and alcohol abuse, his wife Grace Connelly whom he had married in 1979 divorced him in 2007. The divorce prompted him to quit drinking and travel less frequently.
Van Vader Net Worth
The standard earnings of a professional wrestlers as of 2018 is between $ 500,000 – $ 1 Million USD. There are others who may make more than $ 1 Million USD. From these estimates Van Vader Net Worth was definately above the $ 500,000 mark.
Van Vader Health Problems and Death
White had double knee replacement surgery, bringing about a wound infection, he was confined to bed for a half year. Not long after recuperating, he passed out during a plane trip to Japan for an autograph session with his fans. He was in a coma for 33 days, during which he lost 112 pounds.
On November 8, 2016, White tweeted his involvement in a car accident that left him unconscious for 35 minutes. Six days later, he tweeted he was diagnosed wi congestive heart failure because of his football and wrestling professions. He went to two heart specialists who revealed to him he had two years to live. He later received another opinion from a specialist that was more promising.
In a March 2017 interview on the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling web podcast, White clarified that he lamented tweeting about his analysis. He went ahead to express that he would proceed to wrestle and furthermore said that if the tests were proved valid, he would like to die in the ring. Wrestling star Diamond Dallas Page had contacted White and began working with him through Page’s DDP Yoga program with expectations of getting him into shape.
White went in for heart surgery on March 12, 2018, followed by further heart surgery in May 2018 to treat an arrhythmia.
On June 18 at roughly 7:25 pm, following a one month period of hospitalization for pneumonia, White died.
I’m saddened to hear about the passing of Leon “Baby Bull” White aka “Big” Van Vader! My prayers of strength go out to his family at this time, I’m sorry for your loss. #RIPVADER
— Brian G. James (@WWERoadDogg) June 20, 2018
Thoughts & prayers go out to the family & friends of Leon White after his passing. @itsvadertime made an ENORMOUS impact on our industry. Godspeed, Big Van Vader.
— #WOKEN Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) June 20, 2018
RIP Big Van Vader. One of the best “Big Men” ever. pic.twitter.com/2hyneKinpm
— Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) June 20, 2018
War mask in hand, the debuting Big Van Vader walks to the ring at the 1990 Great American Bash. Previously unpublished photo. pic.twitter.com/7tQEFvlEVQ
— Denny Burkholder (@DennyBurkholder) June 20, 2018
fare thee well Leon White, Big Van Vader, Glob Intel