Joseph Laurinaitis, WWE's Road Warrior Animal, dies at 60
Sep 25 2020
The WWE also released a statement via their website, describing the 6-foot-2 and 300-pound Animal as "one of the most intense Superstars to ever step into the squared circle".
Joe Laurinaitis, who wrestled as Road Warrior Animal, died at age 60 on Tuesday night. Laurinaitis's family confirmed the news on his Twitter account.
Debuting in the promotion back in 1990, they became a famous pairing during multiple stints in the WWE (then known as the WWF) - winning the World Tag Team Title twice and earning a place in the WWE Hall of Fame. Together the duo formed what was arguably the most successful, popular and feared tandem of all time - The Road Warriors, the WWE said in a statement posted Wednesday on its website.
"RIP Animal, love you my brother, I know you and Hawk have a lot of unfinished business to take care of", said retired wrestler Hulk Hogan in a tweet. God speed and blessings to your handsome family, one love4Life.
Known as The Road Warriors, the pair shaved their heads and wore face-paint and spiked shoulder pads to give the group its signature look.
Laurinaitis was part of a class action lawsuit filed against the WWE that alleged that wrestlers suffered traumatic brain injuries during their careers at the company, and that the company concealed their injuries.
In 2011, The Road Warriors were inducted in the WWE Hall Of Fame.
The cause of the 60-year-old legend's death was not immediately known or released upon the sad confirmation of his death.
He wrote: 'I Am More Than Saddened To Hear Of The Loss Of My Good Friend And GREAT Opponent Joe Laurinaitis Of The Legendary Road Warriors.
Fightful extends its condolences to Laurinaitis' family and friends.