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WWE Hall Of Fame Wrestler Iron Sheik Has Died

Iron Sheik, an iconic WWE Hall of Fame wrestler, has passed away at the age of 81.

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The news of Sheik’s passing was announced Wednesday morning on his official Twitter and Facebook pages.

“The Iron Sheik, (whose real name was Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri), transcended the realm of sports entertainment,” the statement shared on his official Twitter account said. “With his larger-than-life persona, incredible charisma, and unparalleled in-ring skills, he captivated audiences around the globe. He was a trailblazer, breaking barriers and paving the way for a diverse range of wrestlers who followed in his footsteps.”

Following the announcement of Sheik’s passing, WWE released a statement saying:


Sheik first joined the WWE (known then as WWF) back in 1979. Over the course of his 30-year career, Sheik became the WWF World Heavyweight Champion in 1983, as well as a WWF Tag Team Champion with fellow old-school heel wrestler Nikolai Volkoff. Sheik famously lost his World Heavyweight Championship to Hulk Hogan four weeks later. Iron Sheik made his first appearance in WWE video games in WWE SmackDown! Here Comes The Pain for the PlayStation 2.

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