Rest in peace.

WWE’s Road Warrior Animal, Joe Laurinaitis, Has Passed Away

Iconic wrestling Hall of Fame-r and beloved WWE hero, Joe Laurinaitis, has passed away. Confirming the news in a heartfelt blog post, WWE pays respect to Laurinaitis, better known in the wrestling community as Road Warrior Animal.

Credit: WWE

“WWE is saddened to learn that Joe Laurinaitis, known to WWE fans as Road Warrior Animal, has passed away at the age of 60,” states the wrestling group.

“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. Together, they formed what was arguably the most successful, popular and feared tandem of all time — The Road Warriors.”

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Social media is now being flooded with tributes to the icon, with many crediting the star for sparking their love of wrestling.

“My sincere condolences to all WWE fans, to Joe’s family and friends and the WWE,” tweeted one fan. “He was a great entertainer, wrestler and he will be missed. Thanks for the memories Joe. What a rush. What a rush it was indeed.”

Another tweeted: “Rest in Peace – Joseph Laurinaitis. Animal was my favourite member of The Legion of Doom, 60 is such a young age to die. At least he is reunited with Michael Hegstrand, they were apart for 17 years, they will probably give God the Doomsday Device!”

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A wrestler who touched the hearts of many, Road Warrior Animal will be sorely missed.

Rest in peace, Joe Laurinaitis, and thanks for the memories.

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