WRESTLING legend Dick Slater has died aged 67.
US promotions World Wrestling Leisure and Nationwide Wrestling Alliance each confirmed the unhappy information right this moment.
No explanation for demise has but been revealed.
Asserting the ex-WCW star’s passing, a tweet from NWA stated: “The Nationwide Wrestling Alliance sends its deepest sympathies and condolences to the household, buddies and followers of Dick Slater.
“As powerful as they arrive. A embellished champion of the @NWA throughout each territory he wrestled together with being United States, Mid-Atlantic and TV champion.”
In a press release launched by WWE, Vince McMahon’s firm additionally paid tribute to “Soiled” Dick – actual identify Richard Van Slater.
It learn: “WWE is saddened to be taught that Dick Slater has handed away at age 67.
“Slater was a prolific competitor throughout the 1970s and 1980s in Georgia Championship Wrestling, Mid-South Wrestling and Mid-Atlantic Wrestling, the place he teamed with WWE Corridor of Famer Bob Orton and had a memorable rivalry with WWE Corridor of Famer Jake “The Snake” Roberts.
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“Slater competed in WWE from 1986 to 1987 earlier than transferring to Japan and ending his in-ring profession in WCW.
“WWE extends its condolences to Slater’s household, buddies and followers.”
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Slater was one of the most famous faces within the wrestling world throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s.
He worked for WWE (then known as WWF), WCW and numerous NWA territories likes Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling and Georgia Championship Wrestling.
“Dirty” held numerous championships such as the US, tag-team and TV titles.
And a host of names from the business have paid tribute to him after learning of his passing.
ECW icon and ex-WWE ace Tommy Dreamer said on Twitter: “‘Dirty’ Dick Slater was an awesome wrestler.
“Champion in lots of territories. I wrestled him for 22 minutes and he by no means stated one phrase to me besides ‘good job child’. Relaxation in peace.”
Wrestling promoter Les Thatcher wrote: “Unhappy to listen to that Dick Slater handed away this morning at age 67.
“One hell of a employee, and promo man. Go along with God my pal.”
Whereas one other outdated ECW and WWE performer hailed the icon as The Blue Meanie stated: “Relaxation in peace wrestling legend ‘Soiled’ Dick Slater”.
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