Former WWE Hall of Fame wrestler "Luscious" Johnny Valiant was hit by a truck and killed while crossing a street Wednesday in Pittsburgh, according to WPXI-TV sources.
Valiant’s real name was Tommy Sullivan. He was 71 years old.
WWE officials said they were saddened to hear about Valiant’s death.
“WWE extends its condolences to Valiant's family, friends and fans,” the company said in a statement on its website.
WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer “Luscious” Johnny Valiant reportedly passed away this morning at the age of 71. https://t.co/vNfhyVo3Pb— WWE (@WWE) April 5, 2018
According to the World Wrestling Entertainment website, Sullivan's heyday was in the 1970s and early 80s, when he won two tag team titles with his brothers.
He later managed wrestlers, including Hulk Hogan, and served as a commentator.
He was inducted into the hall of fame in 1996.
R.I.P Luscious Johnny Valiant....Always kind to me and very helpful early in my career.— Luke Gallows (@LukeGallowsWWE) April 5, 2018
Johnny Valiant's #WWEHOF acceptance speech is one of the best ever. #ripjohnnyv— Sean Waltman (@TheRealXPac) April 5, 2018
A man died after he was struck by a pickup truck Wednesday morning on McKnight Road in Ross Township, officials said.
Police said the man, who's in his 60s or 70s, ran across the busy road and was hit by the truck. He was not in a crosswalk.
"We do have witnesses. There was other traffic on McKnight at the time, so we were able to speak with people who actually witnessed the accident," said Ross Township Det. Brian Kohlepp.
The man, who has not been identified, died at a hospital.
"The driver of the truck stayed here on the scene. There's no indication that this was anything other than a terrible accident at this point, but we're still investigating," Kohlhepp said.
Southbound lanes of McKnight were closed in the area of Siebert Road while authorities investigated.
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