Nikolai Volkoff is dead.
According to E! News, the famous wrestler passed away on Sunday. The cause of his death was not disclosed.
Volkoff, whose real name is Josip Nikolai Peruzović, was born in a part of Yugoslavia that is now Croatia.
At age 18, he fled conflict-ridden Yugoslavia and moved to Canada, then to the United States, where he met his wife, Lynn. They settled in Maryland. He became an American citizen in 1970.
Volkoff joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), the group that later turned into World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), in the ’80s, during the Cold War. And was famous for being one of wrestling’s best villains who would often lead the audience to stand and sing along to the Soviet National Anthem.
Some of his face-offs including wrestling with icon Hulk Hogan.
In 20015, Volkoff was inducted into the prestigious WWE Hall of Fame.
Some of the other works he did aside wrestling, according to E! News, include “working as a help leader at the Police Athletic League center in Cockeysville, Maryland, working with kids after school. He supervised the older ones when they lifted weights, cheered children on when they played basketball outside and taught many how to play chess and pool.”
He was 70.
See some of the reactions from his colleagues who have taken to social media to mourn him.