As announced at 11:11am on June 7th by the Iron Sheik’s twitter account the former Olympic gold medalist, WWE World Champion, WWE World Tag Team Champion and WWE Hall of Famer, Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri, better known to wrestling fans as The Iron Sheik has passed away at the age of 81.
In the closing part of the twitter statement, it was written:
“Throughout his career, The Iron Sheik became a cultural phenomenon, transcending the realm of professional wrestling to become a pop culture icon. His memorable catchphrases and unforgettable moments are etched into the memories of fans worldwide. He left an indelible mark on the industry, and his influence can still be felt in the world of wrestling today.
As we bid farewell to The Iron Sheik, let us remember him not only for his athletic prowess but also for the joy and inspiration he brought into our lives. His legacy will continue to live on in the hearts and minds of fans, as well as in the annals of wrestling history.
To his family, friends, and all those who were touched by his larger-than-life presence, we offer our deepest condolences. May you find solace in the knowledge that The Iron Sheik’s legacy will forever be cherished and celebrated.
Rest in peace, dear Sheik, and thank you for the memories.
RESPECT THE LEGEND.”
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