WWE Hall of Famer ‘Luscious’ Johnny Valiant Dies at 71

Multi-time tag team champion, manager and color commentator appeared on “The Sopranos” and in “The Wrestler”

Last Updated: April 5, 2018 @ 9:52 AM

WWE Hall of Famer “Luscious” Johnny Valiant died Wednesday in Pittsburgh after being hit by a pickup truck. He was 71.

Valiant was crossing the road in his hometown when he was struck by the truck, Det. Brian Kohlhepp of the Ross Police Department told TheWrap Thursday. Kohlhepp noted the incident occurred just before 5:30 a.m. and it was therefore dark at the time Valiant was hit by the vehicle.

The wrestler was taken to Allegheny General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Kohlhepp said the investigation is in its early stages, “but there is no indication at this point that this is anything other than a terrible accident.”

“WWE extends its condolences to Valiant’s family, friends and fans,” the company said on Wednesday night.

Members of the wrestling world also shared their condolences, including Luke Gallows, who tweeted, “R.I.P Luscious Johnny Valiant. Always kind to me and very helpful early in my career.”

Valiant was a multi-time tag team champion with the pro-wrestling promotion. He also served as a manager and color commentator. In 1996, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame with his Tag Team partner, “Handsome” Jimmy Valiant.

Valiant crossed over into Hollywood with roles on “The Sopranos” and in “The Wrestler.”