WWE star Road Warrior Animal dies aged 60

WWE star Road Warrior Animal dies aged 60

The family is planning to release a statement later today. According to TMZ, Laurinaitis died of natural causes at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, MO. Hegstrand passed away in 2003. Tuesday. When officers arrived at 11:49 p.m. emergency personnel had already declared him dead.

A tweet from Road Warrior Animal's official account confirmed the sad news.

Just a day earlier, Laurinaitis wished his wife happy anniversary. Simply put, they were the most devastating tag team anywhere. Animal and Hawk wrestled all around the world for several promotions and they won titles everywhere they went.

Hawk and Animal debuted as a tag team in 1983 in Georgia Championship Wrestling with manager Paul Ellering. Animal worked his last match in WWE in 2012, defeating Heath Slater on SmackDown. He also appeared on the 1,000th episode of RAW, a few days later while joining other WWE legends in a beat-down on Slater. The duo worked in North America for the AWA, NWA, WCW, WWE and more, while also finding ascendancy in Japan.

Hall of Fame wrestler Joseph Laurinaitis, known to fans as Road Warrior Animal, has died at age 60.

Laurinaitis - and his tag-team partner Road Warrior Hawk (real name Michael Hegstrand) - were two of the most recognizable stars during WWE's rise to prominence in the 1990s. They Were Iconic! The Road Warriors And The Four Horsemen Drew More Money And Had More Fun And Entertained Fans Worldwide At The Highest Level.

Road Warrior Animal was easily recognizable in professional wrestling thanks to his intimidating face paint and attire that was typically covered in metal spikes. Their supremacy made them so popular that the expression "Road Warrior pop" has actually been utilized in locker spaces to explain especially deafening responses from the crowd since.

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