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WWE Hall of Famer, Hulk Hogan Manager, Valiant, Killed. Age 71


WWE Hall of Famer, Hulk Hogan Manager, Valiant, Killed. Age 71

Hall of Famer turned Sopranos star actor ‘Luscious’ Johnny Valiant is dead after being hit by a pick-up truck on Wednesday morning in Pittsburgh, aged 71.

Reports say Valiant, whose real name was Thomas Sullivan, ran across a busy road when he was hit just before 5.30am and rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Detective Brian Kohlhepp told news station WPXI: “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 that there is “no indication that this was anything other than a terrible accident”.

Valiant began wrestling in 1969 and won the World Tag Team Championships in 1974 with his on-screen brother Jimmy Valiant – real name James Fanning – with whom he was inducted into the WWE (then WWF) Hall of Fame in 1996.

Following the culmination of his in-ring career, Valiant became a manager and was in the corner of Hulk Hogan, amongst others.

He also went on to guest star in a number of TV shows after leaving wrestling, including The Sopranos and Law & Order.

In a statement sent out on Thursday morning, WWE said: “WWE extends its condolences to Valiant’s family, friends and fans.”

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