Wrestling world mourns passing of Road Warrior Animal

Brunilde Fioravanti
Settembre 24, 2020

"WWE is saddened to learn that Joe Laurinaitis, known to WWE fans as Road Warrior Animal, has passed away at the age of 60". TMZ.com reports that Laurinaitis died of natural causes while staying at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri.

The tag team went on to win several titles in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), American Wrestling Alliance (AWA), and New Japan Pro Wrestling. "The family is planning to release a statement later today", the account said.

Face paint, metal spikes covered dress, and display of power moves made The Road Warriors one of the most intimidating tag teams of all time.

One of the most intense Superstars to ever step into the squared circle, the 6-foot-2, 300-pound Animal spent the majority of his career alongside his tag team partner, Hawk.

His son James was a star linebacker at Ohio State, where he was a three-time All-American and two-time Big Ten defensive player of the year. At this time we ask for you to keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers.

"WWE extends its condolences to Laurinaitis' family, friends and fans", it added.

Road Warrior Hawk, real name Michael Hegstrand, died at the age of 46 in 2003.

WWE inducted Animal into their Hall Of Fame in 2011 along with his partner Hawk and manager Paul Ellering.

WWE legends Ric Flair, Triple H and Hulk Hogan were among many professional wrestling greats who paid tribute to Laurinaitis on social media.

Animal is the brother of WWE executive John Laurinaitis, and their brother Marcus also wrestled as The Terminator.

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