Pro wrestling legend Joseph Laurinaitis, best known as Road Warrior Animal, has died at age 60. The news was confirmed on Wednesday morning on the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer’s official Twitter account.
“At this time we ask for you to keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers. #OhWhatARush,” the statement read. No cause of death was provided.
Fans know Laurinaitis as one half of the iconic tag-team Legion of Doom, which he formed with partner Mike Hegstrand, known as Road Warrior Hawk, in 1983. The pair soon became one of the biggest draws in wrestling and went on to win several titles before signing on with World Wrestling Federation, now known as WWE, in 1990, according to CBS Sport. The following year they became the league’s tag team champions after defeating The Nasty Boys in a street fight.
Hegstrand died of a heart attack at age 46 in 2003. Two years later, Laurinaitis teamed up with wrestler Jon Heidenreich to revive Legion of Doom. In 2011, Laurinaitis and Hegstrand were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Upon learning of Laurinaitis’ death, members of the wrestling community took to social media to pay their respects.
“Terrible news to wake up to this morning. Praying for Joe’s wife and family,” Jerry “The King” Lawler, shared on Twitter.
Hulk Hogan also mourned the loss of the iconic wrestler on Twitter.
“RIP Animal, love you my brother, I know you and Hawk have a lot of unfinished business to take care of! God speed and blessings to your beautiful family, one love4Life. HH,” he wrote.
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