BREAKING: WWE Legend Road Warrior Animal Passes Away At Age 60

The wrestling world received awful news this week when a legend from the WWE passed away.

Joe Laurinaitis – known as Road Warrior Animal to his fans – passed away, the WWE confirmed in a statement. He was 60 years old.

“WWE is saddened to learn that Joe Laurinaitis, known to WWE fans as Road Warrior Animal, has passed away. WWE extends its condolences to Laurinaitis’ family, friends and fans.” the wrestling federation said in a statement.

“At this time, we would like to confirm the passing of Joseph Laurinaitis aka Road Warrior Animal at the age of 60,” his official Twitter page posted this morning. “The family is planning to release a statement later today. At this time we ask for you to keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers.”

Animal was best known to wrestle alongside his tag team partner, Hawk, who passed away in 2003 from a heart attack.

Laurinaitis is also the father of former Ohio State star linebacker James Laurinaitis. A star for the Buckeyes’ defense, Laurinaitis was a second-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2009.

Prayers to their family.