Legendary wrestler Ivan Koloff popularly known as ‘The Russian Bear’ has passed away at the age of 74.
He was reported to have been battling liver cancer and needed “urgent medical care,” his daughter Racgel Marley wrote on a a Go Fund Me page she set up on February 2.
“My dad was diagnosed with liver disease about 10 years ago and while he has been living with it, he chose not to make this announcement public to his fans and friends,” she wrote. \
“But doctors are now saying that his liver function is getting worse day by day and it will continue to. There are no other medical options available for my dad for a cure. ”
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On hearing the tragic news, wrestling icon Hulk Hogan said he felt “helpless” with the death.
“RIP Ivan Koloff,it's been a tough week,Chavo,Nicole Bass,George Steel,Ivan and Marty Prince,I would feel helpless if not for my faith1loveHH,” Hulk Hogan wrote on his Twitter handle also acknowledging the death of George 'The Animal' Steele, who passed away 24 hours earlier.
Koloff was a Canadian professional wrestler, best known for once holding the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship.