Former WWE star Vader collapses following match in Japan on Thursday

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Former WWE and WCW star Vader (Leon White) is said to have collapsed after wrestling a match at Koruaken Hall in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday.

Vader was wrestling in a 6-Man Tag, alongside Keiji Muto and AKIRA against WWE Hall of Famer Tatsumi Fujinami, Riki Choshu and Shiro Koshinaka to commemorate the 45th Anniversary of Fujinami’s pro wrestling debut. Vader was said to have collapsed immediately following the match when Antonio Inoki came down for a ceremony honoring Fujinami. Vader was able to leave on his own power to the back and attended a party held by Fujinami in the hours following the event.

Vader posted the following on Twitter on Thursday night, revealing that the cause for the collapse came due to being dropped on his head early on in the match and downplayed that it had to do with his heart issues he has mentioned that he has been dealing with over the last several months.

Vader is scheduled to wrestle on two more shows in Japan this weekend, but it is unclear if he will be wrestling on those shows due to this occurrence.

  • TheCyberZon

    Get well soon, Vader. We’ve already lost enough wrestlers & various other personalities this year and it’s not even half over yet. It would be a tragedy to read about another tragic early death.

  • Michael MacCallum

    I’m confused. Wasn’t there an article not very long ago that Vader was dying?

  • JFJ

    Those articles said he was given 2 years live. It’s only been 5 months since then.