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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.