WWE: Great Wrestler Vader Recuperates From Open-Heart Surgery, Son Says It Was ‘Worse Than Expected’

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The 62-year-old had a legendary wrestling career across the globe and is seen as an innovator. Legendary wrestler Big Van Vader is recovering from a successful open-heart surgery.

The 62-year-old had ten clogged blood vessels, and called himself a “walking time bomb” when speaking to Bill Apter hours before he went under.

The operation was a success but according to his son Jesse, was “worse than expected.” Tweeting from his dad’s account he said: “I wanted to let everybody know that I just spoke to the surgeon.

“The surgery was a success but it was worse than we had expected. Long road to recovery. Will keep you posted. Thank you for the prayers.”

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Vader, real name Leon White, is considered one of the best Super Heavyweights to ever step foot into a wrestling ring.

Winning numerous championships across the globe, The Mastodon was seen as an innovator in the ring for a man of his size, with the signature Vadersault (a moonsault from the top rope) something that left fans amazed.

In November 2016 he was involved in a car accident that left him unconscious for 35 minutes, it was then that he was diagnosed with cognitive heart failure.

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Vader took to Twitter and revealed he only had two years to live, but has since regretted the decision. Speaking to the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling Podcast in 2017 he said: “I really kind of regret tweeting it out.

Vader took to Twitter and revealed he only had two years to live, but has since regretted the decision. Speaking to the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling Podcast in 2017 he said: “I really kind of regret tweeting it out.

“In other words I got diagnosed and told, “Leon you have a bad heart and we feel your time is limited, you have maybe a couple of years left.”

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It was only last week when he sent out another message on Twitter saying his heart rate had “slowed down into the thirties” prompting him to see a doctor and undergo surgery.

Although not a member of the WWE Hall of Fame, his epic career is bound to be recognised sooner rather than later.

First Published by Mirror Sports.

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