Farewell to a Legend: The Iron Sheik’s Final Bell Rings at 81

The 81-year-old WWE icon The Iron Sheik has passed away. The Iron Sheik, also known as Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri, died peacefully, according to a statement that was published on his official social media accounts.

“Today, we gather with heavy hearts to say goodbye to a true legend, a force of nature, and an iconic figure who left an incredible mark on the world of professional wrestling,” it said. We share the terrible news of The Iron Sheik’s departure, but we also find comfort in the fact that he left this world peacefully and left behind a legacy that will live on for future generations.

In addition to his five grandkids and two nephews, Vaziri is survived by his 47-year-old wife Caryl, children Tanya, Nikki, and Marissa, son-in-law Eddie, and children Tanya, Nikki, and Marissa. Before making his WWF debut in 1979, The Iron Sheik began his career in the ring in the 1970s. He departed the next year, in 1979, then came back in 1983. Later, he attained his one and only WWF Heavyweight Championship, which he later forfeited to Hulk Hogan, starting the ‘Hulkamania’ phenomenon.

The Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff later won the WWF Tag Team Championship at the inaugural WrestleMania, which took place in 1985 at Madison Square Garden. After appearing at WrestleMania II and III, he also triumphed in the Gimmick Battle Royal at WrestleMania 17 in 2001. The late WWE legend was a part of WWE programming as well as being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. In 2007, he participated in his final match.

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