The Iron Sheik, WWE wrestling legend, lifeless at 81 – Nationwide

The Iron Sheik, an American-Iranian skilled wrestling legend, has died. He was 81.

A consultant for The Iron Sheik, whose actual identify is Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri, shared the information to the wrestler’s Twitter account on Wednesday.

“Right now, we collect with heavy hearts to bid farewell to a real legend, a power of nature, and an iconic determine who left an unbelievable mark on the world {of professional} wrestling,” the assertion reads.

“It’s with nice disappointment that we share the information of the passing of The Iron Sheik, however we additionally take solace in figuring out that he departed this world peacefully, forsaking a legacy that can endure for generations to return.”

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The reason for Vaziri’s loss of life just isn’t but recognized publicly.

The assertion stated past Vaziri’s wrestling accomplishments, he was additionally a “devoted household man.”

He leaves behind his spouse of 47 years, Caryl, and his youngsters, Tanya, Nikki, Marissa and son-in-law Eddie. Vaziri additionally had 5 grandchildren, Marissa, Zahra, Alexis, Chloe and Niko, who “introduced immeasurable pleasure into his life,” in accordance with the assertion.

Vaziri was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1942 the place he skilled as a wrestler till transferring to the U.S. within the Sixties. He was an Olympic wrestler for Iran earlier than making his World Wrestling Federation (WWF) debut in 1979. All through his profession, he confronted the likes of Bob Backlund and Hulk Hogan.

Throughout his professional wrestling profession, Vaziri donned curled boots and used the “Camel Clutch” as his ending transfer throughout particular person and tag workforce clashes during which he performed the position of an anti-American heel for the WWF, which later turned the WWE.

The mustachioed, barrel-chested brawler typically riled up crowds along with his anti-American persona and rhetoric, typically alongside tag workforce accomplice Nikolai Volkoff, who performed the a part of a Soviet villain. Collectively, they received the WWF World Tag Group Championship in 1985 on the first WrestleMania, in accordance with the biography posted on the WWE’s web web page.

He later teamed with Sgt. Slaughter as Colonal Mustafa. The Iron Sheik’s final look within the ring was at WrestleMania 17, the Connecticut-based WWE stated.

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Infamously, Vaziri and fellow wrestler “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan have been each arrested for possession of cocaine at a New Jersey visitors cease in 1987. The arrest — and the TV feud between Vaziri and Duggan — prompted scandal within the wrestling world. Vaziri ended up serving one 12 months of probation.

The Iron Sheik’s affect prolonged to the game’s greatest stars. Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who used the time period “jabroni” to insult his ring opponents, has credited The Iron Sheik with making it well-known in wrestling circles. The TV present “Younger Rock” additionally has featured The Iron Sheik as a recurring character.

The Iron Sheik used his humor and knowledge to construct a big Twitter following. He additionally made appearances on “The Howard Stern Present,” “The Eric Andre Present,” and others, the WWE biography stated.

Tributes to the enduring Nineteen Eighties wrestling “villain” are already pouring in on-line.

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— With information from The Related Press

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