WWE legend The Iron Sheik has died aged 81.
The wrestling icon’s passing was announced on his social media account today.
He was born in Iran but moved to America and won the WWF World Heavyweight Championship in 1983.
The statement read: “Remembering the Iron Sheik
“Today, we gather with heavy hearts to bid farewell to a true legend, a force of nature, and an iconic figure who left an incredible mark on the world of professional wrestling.
“It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of The Iron Sheik, but we also take solace in knowing that he departed this world peacefully, leaving behind a legacy that will endure for generations to come
“Beyond the wrestling persona that the world knew so well, The Iron Sheik was a devoted family man.”
Tributes have been paid to the wrestler across social media.
Wrestling oracle Dave Meltzer wrote: “So sorry to hear about the death of the Iron Sheik, one of the most memorable wrestlers of the last 50 years.”
Former WWE star Lance Storm tweeted: RIP The Iron Sheik. Respect the legend, always.”
Kevin Thomas added: “RIP. Thanks for the memories and laughs.”
Porn legend Kendra Lust paid her own tribute, writing “so sorry… he was awesome.”
Watch one of his iconic matches below: