Wrestling Legend 'Luscious' Johnny Valiant Is Dead

71-year-old was hit by a pickup truck in Pennsylvania
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2018 11:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – A big name in wrestling is gone. "Luscious" Johnny Valiant, aka Thomas Sullivan, was struck and killed by a pickup truck while crossing a busy road Wednesday morning in Pennsylvania's Ross Township, reports WPXI. The 71-year-old first gained fame as a wrestler back in the 1970s, winning the 1974 World Tag Team Championships with James Fanning under the moniker the Valiant Brothers, per People. Valiant went on to become a commentator and to manage Hulk Hogan and other top wrestlers, and he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996. Police are investigating the fatality but say there's "no indication that this was anything other than a terrible accident."

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