WWE Hall Of Famer Johnny Valiant Died At The Age Of 71 After Being Hit By A Truck

News by Corey Taylor Published on 05 Apr,2018 Updated on 05 Apr,2018

Former WWE wrestler and also a WWE Hall of Famer Johnny Valiant died at the age of 71 after being hit by a truck on Wednesday morning in Ross Township.

Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996, Valiant born Thomas Sullivan was reportedly hit by a pickup truck as he ran across a busy road just before 5.30 am. He was immediately rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

CAPTION: Johnny Valiant dies at 71 SOURCE: metro

Valiant was struck by the pickup near the Siebert Road intersection.

CAPTION: The pickup truck that hit Johnny Valiant SOURCE: CBSlocal

According to Detective Brian Kohlhepp,

"We do have witnesses. There was other traffic on McKnight [Road] at the time, so we were able to speak with people who actually witnessed the accident.”

He also added,

“The driver of the truck stayed here on the scene. There's no indication that this was anything other than a terrible accident at this point, but we're still investigating.”

Johnny Valiant who started his wrestling career in 1969 was one of the World Tag Team Champions along with his on-screen brother Jimmy Valiant(real name James Fanning). He also became the manager of Hulk Hogan.

CAPTION: Tag Team Champions Valiant and Fanning SOURCE: aminosapp

In 1996, he along with Fanning was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Following the retirement from wrestling, Valiant went on to guest star on TV series such as The Sopranos and Law & Order.

After the news of Valiant broke out many former wrestlers and also the WWE expressed their grief over his tragic death.

WWE tweeted,

Former WWE star Sean Michael Waltman known by his ring names 1-2-3 Kid and X-Pac also expressed his condolence via Twitter

Current WWE wrestler Luke Gallows wrote,

May the former WWE wrestler's soul rest in peace.