Particulars surrounding his demise haven’t but been launched, however WWE confirmed the news in an announcement Thursday that paid tribute to his profession.
“Slater was a prolific competitor in the course of the 1970s and 1980s in Georgia Championship Wrestling, Mid-South Wrestling, and Mid-Atlantic Wrestling, the place he teamed with WWE Corridor of Famer Bob Orton and had a memorable rivalry with WWE Corridor of Famer Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts,” the assertion learn.
The National Wrestling Alliance announced his death in a tweet honoring the late wrestler.
“As powerful as they arrive. A adorned champion of the @NWA throughout each territory he wrestled together with being United States, Mid-Atlantic and TV champion,” the put up stated.
Dick Slater, born Richard Van Slater, grew up in Tampa and was first launched to wrestling at age seven earlier than occurring to obtain widespread consideration with the WWE and WCW, the New York Daily News reported.
His profession spanned greater than three many years and was marked with quite a few accolades together with the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championship title, which he received 4 instances, in addition to 5 championships throughout his time competing within the Mid-Atlantic Championship and the Mid-South Wrestling Affiliation, according to Wrestlingdata.com.
He spent seven years within the World Championship Wrestling league, till 1996, when a again harm ended his profession, People magazine reported.
In direction of the top of his profession, Slater was convicted of stabbing his then-girlfriend, Theresa Halbert, a number of instances whereas beneath the affect of ache treatment and was sentenced to one-year home arrest and two years’ probation, the New York Every day Information famous.
Slater’s demise follows the passing of Big Van Vader, a former WWE professional wrestling star who additionally appeared in movie and TV exhibits.