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IN MEMO­RIAM

- Sports · Wrestling · American Football · The World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Incorporated · NFL · Road Warrior Animal · James Laurinaitis · Road Warrior Hawk

Joe Lau­ri­naitis, known to wrestling fans as Road War­rior An­i­mal, has died, WWE an­nounced Wed­nes­day. He was 60. Lau­ri­naitis was also the fa­ther of eight-year NFL line­backer James Lau­ri­naitis, who re­tired in 2017. Along with Road War­rior Hawk (real name Michael Hegstrand), the duo was con­sid­ered one of pro­fes­sional wrestling’s most iconic tag teams. They won two WWE Tag Team ti­tles, and Lau­ri­naitis ded­i­cated his 2005 cham­pi­onship with Jon Hei­den­re­ich to his late for­mer part­ner, who had died two years ear­lier. He was in­ducted to the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011, along­side Hegstrand. The Road War­riors were known for their at­tire — painted faces and football shoul­der pads with spikes.

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