Hulk Hogan is mourning the passing of WWE Hall of Famer Joe Laurinaitis, also known as Road Warrior Animal, at age 60.
On Twitter, Hogan said, “RIP Animal, love you my brother, I know you and Hawk have a lot of unfinished business to take care of! God speed and blessings to your beautiful family, one love 4 Life.”
Laurinaitis had been celebrating his wedding anniversary with his wife at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Orange Beach, Missouri. The death was believed to be due to natural causes, according to Wrestling Inc.
Laurinaitis was one of two in the Road Warriors duo, along with Michael Hegstrand. Hegstrand was called the “Road Warrior Hawk.” They became part of the Hall of Fame in 2011.
Laurinaitis had been on the Legions of Raw podcast on the day before his death, the Daily Mail reported. He was 6’2” and weighed in at 300 lbs.
The pro wrestler had also taken part in a class action lawsuit against World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). The lawsuit charged that WWE hid the risks of the traumatic brain injuries the wrestlers incurred during their wrestling careers. A district court judge dismissed the lawsuit in 2018.
Laurinaitis converted to born-again Christianity in 2001, according to the Mail. He retired from pro wrestling in February 2014.
“One of the most intense Superstars to ever step into the squared circle, the 6-foot-2, 300-pound Animal spent most of his career alongside his tag team partner, Hawk. Together, they formed what was arguably the most successful, popular and feared tandem of all time,” the WWE said in a statement. “WWE extends its condolences to Laurinaitis’ family, friends and fans.”