(NewsReady.com) – During the glory days of professional wrestling, a star emerged. Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri shot to fame as “The Iron Sheik” in the 1980s. Sadly, fans have now lost the beloved villain.
On June 7, Vaziri passed away in his sleep at his home in Fayetteville, Georgia. According to a statement released on Twitter, the 81-year-old’s legacy will be felt “for generations to come.” The mini-eulogy called him a “devoted family man” who was married to the love of his life, Caryl, for 47 years. The bond they shared was described as his “anchor” as he set out to face the challenges life threw at him.
Vaziri was born in 1942 in a small town in Iran. However, he later said that although his passport said his birthday was in 1942, he wasn’t sure that was accurate. When he was a child, his family moved to the capital Tehran, where they opened a wrestling gym, and he grew up around the sport. In the late 1960s, he left his home country and moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Before becoming a professional wrestler, he served as an assistant coach for the US Olympic wrestling team in 1972 and 1976. He went on to create “The Iron Sheik” persona, making a caricature of his Iranian roots, and became a popular villain who wrestled against Hulk Hogan and other legendary performers.
Vaziri became the only Iranian wrestler ever to become a WWE champion, winning the title in 1983. In addition to his wrestling career, he acted in several things, including “Robot Chicken” and “The Tale of the 3 Mohammads.”
After Vaziri’s retirement, he became a lively figure on social media. His Twitter account has more than 649,000 followers. On it, he trolled his former colleagues, especially Hogan, and cracked jokes. His fans expressed grief over his loss on the platform and paid their respects to his family. Vaziri is survived by his wife, two of his three daughters, five grandchildren, and other extended family members.
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