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Hall of Fame Wrestler Dies After Being Hit By Truck

Apr 5, 2018  •  Post A Comment

A former professional wrestler who’s in the WWE Hall of Fame was killed when he was hit by a pickup truck Wednesday morning in Pittsburgh.

WPXI reported that Thomas Sullivan, better known by his ring name “Luscious” Johnny Valiant, died after being hit while crossing a busy road in Ross Township. He was 71.

Authorities said Sullivan was not in a crosswalk, and the driver of the truck remained at the scene. Sullivan later died in a nearby hospital. Police were reportedly treating it as an accident.

Sullivan was inducted into what was then the WWF Hall of Fame in 1996, following a career that included a number of tag team championships as one-half of the Valiant Brothers with Jimmy Valiant (James Harold Fanning). The “brothers” were later joined by Jerry Valiant (John Hill) in a successful three-man team.

Sullivan followed up his wrestling career with a successful run as a manager, including managing Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake.

The WWE tweeted a message acknowledging Sullivan’s death, which you can see below.

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