It has been reported that The Iron Sheik’s death was caused by cardiac arrest.
There was sad news on June 7th when we learned that WWE Hall of Famer The Iron Sheik had passed away at the age of 81 years old. His real name was Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri.
It wasn’t an easy life for The Iron Sheik, who was an incredible amateur wrestler from Iran before he became a professional wrestler that would become one of the greatest villains in the history of the business. He also had addiction issues and health problems in his later years.
The Iron Sheik died of cardiac arrest, according to TMZ, who was able to obtain his death certificate. Officials said in the document that Sheik also suffered from congestive heart failure as well as hypertension before his passing.
Following his death, there were many tributes for the former WWE Champion with on-screen rivals like Sgt. Slaughter and Hulk Hogan praising him while current WWE superstar MVP called THe Iron Sheik the most memorable bad guy in the history of WWE.
After his death, WWE wrote this wonderful tribute to The Iron Sheik, who was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2005.
WWE is saddened to learn that Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri, known the world over as WWE Hall of Famer The Iron Sheik, passed away on Wednesday, June 7, at age 81.
With his imposing physique, curled boots and dreaded Camel Cutch finishing hold, The Iron Sheik’s larger-than-life personality and natural gift for inciting crowds across the globe helped him become one of the greatest villains in sports-entertainment history. Yet, over time that awe-inspiring showmanship not only earned the respect of his peers, but the WWE Universe as a whole, making him a beloved figure.The Iron Sheik first excelled in the world of Greco-Roman Wrestling, competing in the Amateur Athletic Union and becoming a gold medalist at 180.5 pounds in 1971.
The Iron Sheik became WWE Champion the day after Christmas in 1983 when he defeated Bob Backlund in Madison Square Garden. The victory was a controversial one, as Backlund’s manager Arnold Skaaland threw in the towel when Backlund refused to submit to the Camel Clutch.
After losing the WWE Championship to Hulk Hogan, The Iron Sheik engaged in a heated rivalry with Sgt. Slaughter culminating in their famous Boot Camp Match at Madison Square Garden. Soon after, The Iron Sheik teamed with Russian strongman Nikolai Volkoff. The anti-American pairing went on to win the WWE World Tag Team Championship in 1985 at the first WrestleMania.
The Iron Sheik left WWE in 1988 but reappeared in 1991 by the side of former enemy Sgt. Slaughter as Colonal Mustafa. His last in-ring appearance was at WrestleMania 17, as The Iron Sheik returned for one night only, winning a Gimmick Battle Royal and re-igniting his rivalry with Slaughter in the process.
The Iron Sheik remained a pop culture icon due to his bombastic online persona and appearances on “The Howard Stern Show,” “The Eric Andre Show,” and more.
WWE extends its condolences to The Iron Sheik’s family, friends and fans.