AceShowbiz - The Iron Sheik's cause of death has been revealed as cardiac arrest. The WWE legend, whose real name was Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri, died aged 81 last month, and now it's been reported his manner of death was ruled to be natural.
According to TMZ, the late wrestler's death certificate says he died of cardiac arrest. The outlet reports that, as noted in the document, he also suffered from congestive heart failure and hypertension before he passed away.
Sheik was the only Iranian champion in WWE history, having won the World Heavyweight Championship in 1983, and was considered to be one of the greatest wrestlers of his generation.
A statement posted to Twitter read, "Remembering the Iron Sheik. Today, we gather with heavy hearts to bid farewell to a true legend, a force of nature, and an iconic figure who left an incredible mark on the world of professional wrestling. It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of The Iron Sheik, but we also take solace in knowing that he departed this world peacefully, leaving behind a legacy that will endure for generations to come. "Beyond the wrestling persona that the world knew so well, The Iron Sheik was a devoted family man."
The statement went on to note that Sheik, who is survived by his wife Caryl and their three children, "cherished" the love of his family, who offered him "unwavering encouragement" throughout his renowned career, which saw him inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. WWE boss Triple H, real name Paul Levesque, was among those to pay respect to the late icon.
He tweeted, "The legend. An all-time great performer and WWE Hall of Famer who brought his character to life and transcended our business. My condolences to The Iron Sheik's family, friends and fans."
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who knew Sheik from his childhood when his late dad Rocky Johnson appeared in both Jim Crockett Promotions and WWE. Sheik also accompanied The Sultan to the ring as he faced The Rock in the latter's first WrestleMania match in 1997.
In an emotional and lengthy video, The Rock concluded, "Thank you, Iron Sheik, for the memories. You are a legend. You will be missed, but never forgotten."