Leon White, better known to fans as Big Van Vader or simply Vader, shared some sad news on Monday night.
The former WCW World Heavyweight Champion revealed on Twitter that two doctors have told him he has two years left to live due to congestive heart failure.
Told by 2.heart Drs at this time that my heart is wore out from footbal&wrestling I have 2 yrs to live , conjestive hesrt failure reality
— Big Van Vader (@itsvadertime) November 15, 2016
Reacting to the news on Facebook, Mick Foley said he knew it might be coming after talking to his former WCW rival in recent weeks. The Raw General Manager feels it’s time for Vader to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
IT’S TIME…TO PUT VADER IN THE HALL OF FAME
I have been talking with Leon White the past few weeks, so I knew the news might be coming. But seeing it in print this morning was a shock nonetheless. Leon is dying. He has been told by doctors that he may have less than two years left to live.
His legacy is so important to him, and he has told me that being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame would mean so much on both a personal and professional level. On a global level, Vader was one of the greatest attractions the pro wrestling business has ever seen.
I have talked with people at the highest levels at WWE, and hope and pray that Leon’s name will be included in the class of 2017 Hall of Fame inductees.