Vader didn’t need the WWE to become a pro wrestling legend

White never held the WWE title. It didn’t make him any less great.

Leon White, a former college football star who captivated pro wrestling audiences as Big Van Vader (and later just Vader), has passed away at age 63. His son Jesse White, a former college football player and wrestler in his own right, broke the news on Twitter Wednesday morning.

Around a month ago my father was diagnosed with a severe case of Pneumonia. He fought extremely hard and clinically was making progress....



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