Wrestling Icon The Iron Sheik Died of Cardiac Arrest

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The legendary Iron Sheik passed away in June at the age of 81. His official cause of death has been released.

According to several reports, the ex-heavyweight champ suffered a cardiac arrest on the day of his passing.

The wrestling world lamented the loss of The Iron Sheik, whose personality was as great as his global appeal.

A WWE Hall of Famer, Sheik β€” or Hossein Khosrow Ali VaziriΒ β€” was best known as the infamous Middle Eastern adversary to fellow legend Hulk Hogan.

The Iron Sheik represented a caricature of the Ayatollah’s regime in Iran. His antagonistic figure in wrestling was often a stepping stone for the ultra-macho jingoism of 80s Americana.

Think what Ivan Drago was for Rocky in Rocky IV β€” that was the Sheik’s persona contrasted with Hogan’s ultra-American iconography.

Despite his character’s hate for the West, Sheik proudly called America his home.

He died in his sleep at his home in Fayetteville, Ga.

Sheik was always box-office viewing.

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Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Jeopardy expert and grumpy sports fan that has watched every movie.

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