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WWE Superstar Road Warrior Animal Dead at Age 60

WWE legend Road Warrior Animal passed away Wednesday at the age of 60.

WWE made a statement via Twitter and on the WWE website to express the news and pay tribute to the late wrestler.

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

The statement continues to highlight the unmatched legacy of The Road Warriors, adding, “Their dominance made them so popular that the phrase ‘Road Warriors pop’ has been used in locker rooms to describe particularly deafening reactions from the crowd ever since. The Road Warriors thrived in multiples stints with WWE, where they were known as The Legion of Doom. The team won the World Tag Team Titles on two occasions and were eventually enshrined in the WWE Hall of Fame.”

A message from Laurinaitis’ Twitter account, posted Wednesday morning, states, “At this time, we would like to confirm the passing of Joe Laurinaitis aka Road Warrior Animal at the age of 60. The family is planning to release a statement later today. At this time we ask for you to keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers. #OhWhatARush.”

As news of Laurinaitis’ death made headlines, many of his peers in the wrestling industry, including Ric Flair, and wrestling fans gave their condolences and shared memories of the famed athlete. Flair tweeted, “I Am More Than Saddened To Hear Of The Loss Of My Good Friend And GREAT Opponent Joe Laurinaitis Of The Legendary Road Warriors. 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. RIP.”

Hulk Hogan also took to social media to express his heartfelt thoughts, writing on Twitter, “RIP Animal, love you my brother, I know you and Hawk have a lot of unfinished business to take care of! God speed and blessings to your beautiful family, one love4Life. HH.”

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Candace Cordelia has been an on-camera interviewer and writer for In The Zone since the Summer of 2020. Candace's journalism experience includes writing for the New York Daily News and ABC Radio, where she also conducted celebrity interviews and audio production/editing for ABC Radio's national radio affiliates across the country. Her on-camera experience involves working as a backstage/in-ring interviewer with a number of independent wrestling promotions and as an actress. Candace is dedicated to bringing combat sports and eSports news to the In The Zone universe.
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