Former AWA star Nick Bockwinkel has passed away at the age of 80 according to multiple reports on Sunday. Bockwinkel, best known for his run in AWA as a former four-time AWA World Heavyweight Champion, had been battling recent memory and hearing issues.

Bockwinkel was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame back in 2007.

On behalf of the entire Wrestleview.com staff, we would like to send out our condolences to the family and friends of Bockwinkel during this very hard time.

Check out our interview with Nick Bockwinkel back in July 2009.

Sources: WWE.com, The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online