‘The Russain Bear’ Ivan Koloff has sadly passed away at the age of 74 due to liver cancer. The former WWWF World Heavyweight Champion’s was not just suffering from a liver failure, but also from Jaundice and acute breathing problems. His sister had started a Go Fund Me page in order to collect funds for his liver issues.
Despite being Canadian, Koloff’s character was that of a villain from Ukraine who went up with the best of the best from the 1970s. His greatest accomplishment was ending Bruno Sammartino’s 2803 day reign as WWWF World Heavyweight Champion on January 18th, 1971.
Apart from Sammartino, Koloff faced many legendary stalwarts such as Bob Backlund and Superstar Billy Graham. Koloff had a very successful run in the Jimmy Crocket Promotions too, where his feuds with the Rock n’ Roll Express and The Road Warriors were the most noteworthy. Hsi matches with Dusty Rhodes are the stuff of legends.
Rest in peace ‘The Russian Bear’ Ivan Koloff.