This has been a rough week for family and fans of some true legends in professional wrestling. Chavo Guerrero Sr., George “The Animal” Steele both passed away, and now we have received word that NWA legend and former WWF (WWE) World Champion Ivan Koloff (Oreal Perra) has also died.
Ivan had been battling liver issues according to a GoFundMe page his daughter set up earlier this month.
Several members of the pro wrestling community have sent out their condolences via Twitter:
— Scott Dawson (@ScottDawsonWWE) February 18, 2017
I'm Sad To Wake Up And Hear of the passing of my very close friend the Russian Bear Ivan Koloff. You will be missed My Friend. Rest In Peace pic.twitter.com/nziKZ2Zqy4
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) February 18, 2017
One day after George Steele, now Ivan Koloff has passed away. Rest in Peace Uncle Ivan, a great wrestler and person. #RIP
— Jim Cornette (@TheJimCornette) February 18, 2017
I met Ivan in his later years and Ivan was such a nice and gentle soul, quite a contrast to the character I saw him portray in the ring when I was a kid that drew so much heat.
Ivan Koloff was 74.
Thoughts and prayers are with the family of The Russian Bear, Ivan Koloff.