WWE legend The Iron Sheik has died aged 81.
The wrestling icon’s passing was announced on his social media account today.
GettyThe Iron Sheik has passed away at the age of 81[/caption]
The Iron Sheik (middle) was described as a ‘true legend’Getty Images – Getty
He was born in Iran but moved to America and won the WWF World Heavyweight Championship in 1983.
The Iron Sheikh – real name Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri – was most famous for his bad guy character.
He was also infamous for his finishing move the Camel Clutch chin lock.
The statement on his Twitter account 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.
The WWE tweeted: “WWE is saddened to hear of the passing of WWE Hall of Famer The Iron Sheik, and extends its condolences to his family, friends, and fans.”
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.”
WWE legend Booker T added: “My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of @the_ironsheik. He is one of the very best to ever to do it. God speed.”
Ric Flair also paid a heartfelt tribute, saying: “My Dear Friend Khosrow Vaziri!!! We Started Wrestling Together In 1972.
“Seems Like So Long Ago! We Crossed Paths So Many Times Over The Years & You Were Always So Entertaining.
“The Greatest Line You Ever Said To Me In 1972: ‘If I Had Your Hair, I Would Be With Elizabeth Taylor!’ Rest In Peace My Friend. Be As Entertaining To God As You Were To All Of Us! .”
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.”
The statement on his Twitter page continued: “He cherished the love and support of his wife of 47 years Caryl, who stood by his side through thick and thin, offering unwavering encouragement throughout his life.
“Their bind was an anchor, providing him with the strength to face the challenges that life presented.
“To his children, Tanya, Nikki, Marissa and son in law Eddie, he was not just a wrestling icon. He was a loving and dedicated father…
“Beyond the glitz and glamour of the squared circle, The Iron Sheik was a man of immense passion and dedication.”
It added: “He embraced his role as a heel, becoming one of the notorious villains in wrestling history… but he also won the hearts of millions with his charm and infectious spirit.”