Police are calling it a “terrible accident.” A man hit by a pickup truck while crossing a busy road Wednesday morning.
The man was transported to the hospital, where he later passed away.
Police also said he was not at a crosswalk at the time of the accident, though they are still investigating.
The deceased individual has now been identified as a legendary professional wrestler. He was 71 years of age.
Thomas Sullivan, better known as “Luscious” Johnny Valiant, began his wrestling career in 1969.
Over the years, he won numerous championships, including two Tag Team Championship with brothers “Handsome” Jimmy and “Gentleman” Jerry.
Valiant would go on to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996. He was well known for his bleached hair and outrageous style.
Valiant would also serve as Hulk Hogan’s Manager and during WWE Broadcasts as a color commentator.
Since news of his passing, friends, fans, and other professional wrestlers have been sharing their condolences.
— Sean Waltman (@TheRealXPac) April 5, 2018
Sad to read this. He was always kind to me. Thanks for the laughs JV. Johnny Valiant passes away after auto accident https://t.co/dP9SKt2d8H
— Jimmy Korderas (@jimmykorderas) April 5, 2018
WWE Hall of Famer Lucious Johnny Valiant, Hulk Hogan’s first manager, died after he was hit by a truck.. JV was great on the mic #wwe
— Chuck Freimund (@ChuckFreimund) April 5, 2018
Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.
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