Road Warrior Animal (Joseph Laurinaitis), one half of the WWE Hall of Fame tag team Road Warriors/The Legion of Doom, has died. He was 60.
Animal’s death was confirmed via his Twitter account in the following brief statement: “At this time, we would like to confirm the passing of Joseph Laurinaitis aka Road Warrior Animal at the age of 60. 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. #OhWhatARush”
A cause of death is not currently known.
Forming in 1983 via manager Paul Ellering, Road Warriors Animal and Hawk (Michael Hegstrand, who passed away in 2003 at age 46) remain one of the most iconic tag teams in wrestling history. They won nearly every major tag team title throughout their career and were the first tag team to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship, the WCW World Tage Team Championship and the WWF Tag Team Championship. The Road Warriors, along with manager, Ellering, were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011.
Shortly after news of his passing spread, #RIPAnimal became the number one trend in the United States as wrestlers and fans alike took to Twitter to pay their respects.