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WWE and WCW Legend Vader Dies at 63

TheWrap logo TheWrap 6/20/2018 Tony Maglio
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WWE and WCW legend Vader — also known to audiences as Big Van Vader — has died. The pro wrestler, whose real name was Leon White, was 63.

White's son posted the following to his father's Twitter account on Wednesday:

Our audience may also remember Vader from his three-episode arc on "Boy Meets World," when White played Frankie Stecchino Sr.

"WWE extends its condolences to White's family, friends and fans," a spokesman for WWE emailed us as part of a statement.

Vader then transitioned to World Championship Wrestling, where he would make the biggest mark of his career. He engaged in memorable rivalries with the likes of Sting and Ron Simmons, becoming a dominant, three-time WCW World Champion in the process. In 1996, Vader joined the WWE roster.

The 6'4," 450-lb. White, who divorced from wife Grace Connelly in 2007, leaves behind two children.

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