As noted, former World Heavyweight Champion Leon “Vader” White passed away at the age of 63 due to complications from pneumonia.
Below are reactions to Vader’s passing from wrestling stars such as JBL, WWE Hall of Famer Booker T, Samoa Joe, Big E and others. WWE, Impact and NWA also issued Twitter comments on Vader’s passing:
— WWE (@WWEIndia) June 20, 2018
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Vader. Our thoughts are with his family today. pic.twitter.com/7olr0V4NNR
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) June 20, 2018
We send our deepest condolences to the family, friends and fans of Leon White (aka BIG VAN VADER) who passed away last night.
— NWA (@nwa) June 20, 2018
Maaaaan…Vader was my guy as a child and was a sweetheart when he came down to FCW to help train us. I’m forever grateful for the conversations I was able to share with him. Condolences to Leon’s son, Jesse, and the rest of his family.
— Florida Man (@WWEBigE) June 20, 2018
— Bubba Ray Dudley (@bullyray5150) June 20, 2018
"I fear no man and I feel no pain!"
— Nick Aldis (@RealNickAldis) June 20, 2018
Vader hit me w/ live rounds while I was in Memphis '95 when he did Vader Roadkill Tour, snug but didn't hurt.. truly respect all you did for wrestling #RIPLeonWhite
— RIGGS (@realscottyriggs) June 20, 2018
My prayers and thoughts go out to the family Of truly one of the greatest big men to step foot in the ring. Vader my friend May you R.I.P
— D-von Dudley (@TestifyDVon) June 20, 2018
— Samoa Joe (@SamoaJoe) June 20, 2018
My thoughts are with the family, friends and fans of Vader. An unmistakable force of nature. pic.twitter.com/C1rY3Y90Lo
— Rob Schamberger (@robschamberger) June 20, 2018
I’m saddened to hear about the passing of Leon “Baby Bull” White aka “Big” Van Vader! My prayers of strength go out to his family at this time, I’m sorry for your loss. #RIPVADER
— Brian G. James (@WWERoadDogg) June 20, 2018
When I was a kid I was legit scared of Vader
Thanks for making me believe #RIPVader
— James Ellsworth (@realellsworth) June 20, 2018
— Dustin Rhodes (@Goldust) June 20, 2018
Rest In Peace Vader🙏🏽 https://t.co/oEDRknKVoW
— Lina Fanene (@NiaJaxWWE) June 20, 2018
GOD BLESS VADER FOREVER
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) June 20, 2018
— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) June 20, 2018
So sad to hear of the passing of Leon White, Vader. Leon was so far ahead of his time. R.I.P. Leon
— Bruce Prichard (@bruceprichard) June 20, 2018
Thoughts & prayers go out to the family & friends of Leon White after his passing. @itsvadertime made an ENORMOUS impact on our industry. Godspeed, Big Van Vader.
— #WOKEN Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) June 20, 2018
— Booker T. Huffman (@BookerT5x) June 20, 2018
I met Vader on a show in Chicago 4-5 years ago. Incredibly nice person. RIP
— Ariya Daivari (@AriyaDaivariWWE) June 20, 2018
RIP Vader. This is very sad news as a wrestling fan and @RamsNFL fan. Godspeed big man.
— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) June 20, 2018
One of the greatest big men to ever step in a ring. A true obstacle for our heroes to overcome.
— Drake Maverick (@WWEMaverick) June 20, 2018
— Scott Dawson (@ScottDawsonWWE) June 20, 2018
Vader’s last @WWE PPV was a match with me, he wanted me to kick out of his finish/he told me “today you get the old Vader, I want it to mean something when you win.” RIP big man, and thanks! #respect pic.twitter.com/t3FiP2jMmh
— John Layfield (@JCLayfield) June 20, 2018