Old School WWF Legend The Iron Sheik passed away on June 7th 2023, and his age at that point is listed everywhere as 81 years old, with his official birth date being March 15th 1942.
The Wrestling Observer then noted that there is actually a lot of uncertainty about the WWE Hall of Famer’s real age and The Iron Sheik himself wasn’t exactly sure when he was born.
TMZ Sports obtained the death certificate of the former WWF World Heavyweight Champion, where it was revealed that he passed away due to cardiac arrest. Prior to his death, he was dealing with congestive heart failure and hypertension.
Several wrestling stars & legends paid tribute to The Iron Sheik, including Hulk Hogan & The Rock.
Hogan posted the following:
“Today, we honor the legacy of a wrestling icon. Rest in peace, Iron Sheik. 🙏🏼
The wrestling world has lost a true legend, and Sheik’s contributions to our industry will never be forgotten.
I’ll always cherish the battles we had in the ring. Our matches were intense, and our rivalry was legendary. We shared a bond that only fellow wrestlers can understand.
Iron Sheik’s unique charisma, undeniable talent, and unforgettable personality made him an unforgettable figure in the hearts of wrestling fans worldwide. His legacy will continue to inspire generations of wrestlers to come.
Rest in peace, Iron Sheik. You will always be remembered as a true warrior of the ring.”
The Rock posted the following video:
Rest in Power, Uncle Sheiky ❤️
Thank you for paving the way 🙏🏾
Love, light and strength to Caryl & the ohana x pic.twitter.com/p9c9wwQz6U
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) June 7, 2023
The Iron Sheik wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation from 1983 until 1987, then briefly in 1988 and again from 1991 till 1992.
In December 1983, Sheik defeated Bob Backlund for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, a title he lost a month later to “The Incredible” Hulk Hogan. The rest is history.
His last major match happened in 2001, when he won the famous ‘Gimmick Battle Royal’ at WWF WrestleMania X-Seven.
He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 by his old rival, Sgt. Slaughter.
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