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Former WWF Champion Iron Sheik’s Cause of Death Disclosed


Pro wrestling legend and pop culture fixture the Iron Sheik’s cause of death shocked the world. The legend sadly passed away on June 7, 2023, at the age of 81.

Family members posted the heartbreaking news of his death on his official Twitter account.

“It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of The Iron Sheik, but we also take solace in knowing that he departed this world peacefully, leaving behind a legacy that will endure for generations to come,” the family said in the statement.

Former WWF Champion Iron Sheik's Cause of Death Disclosed

The family’s statement spoke of Vaziri’s love and dedication to his family, including his wife, Carly, their children, and grandchildren.

“He was a loving and dedicated father. He instilled in them the values of perseverance, determination, and the importance of following their dreams,” the statement said.

Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri was born on March 15, 1942, in Damghan, Semnan Province, Imperial State of Iran.

In his youth, he idolized Iranian Olympic Gold-Medalist wrestler Gholamreza Takhti, and he made a name for himself as an amateur wrestler.

Vaziri competed for a spot on Iran’s Greco-Roman wrestling team for the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. He then moved to the U.S. and became the assistant coach of two U.S. Olympic squads in the 1970s.

Better known by his ring name The Iron Sheik, he was a professional wrestler, amateur wrestler, and actor. Vaziri was the only Iranian champion in WWE history, having won the WWF World Heavyweight Championship in 1983.

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What’s Iron Sheik’s Cause of Death at 81?

Iron Sheik’s cause of death is heart failure. His death was announced through a statement issued by his representatives on Wednesday morning.

Vaziri formed a tag team with Nikolai Volkoff, which won the WWF Tag Team Championship at the inaugural WrestleMania event. Khosrow was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.

A heel throughout the 1980s, he later gained popularity on The Howard Stern Show, Kidd Chris, and the Internet due to his shoot interviews, vulgar language, and apparent intense dislike for some professional wrestlers, particularly Brian Blair and Hulk Hogan; however, the true nature of his relationship with Hogan, who he also acknowledged he interacted with, has been a subject of debate.

Former WWF Champion Iron Sheik's Cause of Death Disclosed

The Iron Sheik is survived by his wife Caryl, whom he was married to for 47 years, and his children Nikki, Tanya, and Marisa, and son-in-law Eddie, according to his Twitter account.

“With his larger than life persona, incredible charisma, and unparalleled in-ring skills, he captivated audiences around the globe,” read the statement from his Twitter account.

“He was a trailblazer, breaking barriers and paving the way for a diverse range of wrestlers who followed in his footsteps.”

“Beyond the glitz and glamour of the squared circle, The Iron Sheik was a man of immense passion and dedication.

“He embodied resilience. He overcame countless challenges in his life, both inside and outside the wrestling ring. His journey from a small village in Iran to becoming one of the most recognized figures in the world of wrestling is a testament to his unwavering dedication,” the Twitter statement read.

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