WWE legend Road Warrior Animal, half of the famous tag team duo the “Road Warriors,” has died.
Animal, whose real name is Joseph Laurinaitis, was 60. A message posted on his official Twitter account Wednesday confirmed the news.
At this time, we would like to confirm the passing of Joseph Laurinaitis aka Road Warrior Animal at the age of 60. The family is planning to release a statement later today. At this time we ask for you to keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers. #OhWhatARush
— RoadWarriorAnimal (@RWAnimal) September 23, 2020
Animal and his tag team partner, Road Warrior Hawk, were two-time WWE tag team champions. They wrestled together on several circuits, including WCW, prior to joining the WWE. Hawk died in 2003, and the two were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011.
Animal’s son James Laurinaitis played linebacker for the then-St. Louis Rams from 2009-2015 and finished his career with the New Orleans Saints in 2016.
Hulk Hogan was among those who paid tribute to Animal on social media.
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 love4Life. HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) September 23, 2020