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Big Van Vader, a former pro wrestling star in the , WCW and in Japan, has announced that he may have less than two years left to live.

Vader, whose real name is Leon White, tweeted the news:

Tipping the scales at more than 440 pounds, Vader was one of pro wrestling's great big men. He was agile enough to perform moonsaults from the top rope but still strong as a bear. During his prime, he wrestled Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels and . He was an innovator of the strong-style of professional wrestling and those who went against him in the ring often woke up the next day sore, bruised and beaten up.

Vader performed in a historically stiff match against Ric Flair at the Starrcade in 1993, a match that Flair won, but may have been Vader's biggest and best match ever in North America.

After a successful career in WCW, Vader debuted in the WWE in 1996 and was managed by Jim Cornette.

One of Vader's WCW opponents, Mick Foley tweeted that he hopes to get Vader into the WWE HOF.

Vader's catch phrase as a wrestler was "It's Time." It may be time for him to join the HOF.


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