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BALTIMORE (AP) — Josip Peruzovic, the former pro wrestler known for playing beloved villain Nikolai Volkoff, has died. He was 70.
His wife Lynn Peruzovic confirmed his death Sunday. She says he has had heart problems, and that when she went to give him medicine he was not responsive.
The article goes on to state the following:
World Wrestling Entertainment says Peruzovic was “one of the greatest villains sports-entertainment had ever seen.” He was known for singing the onetime Soviet Union’s national anthem before matches and for his tag team alliance with another wrestler known as The Iron Sheik.
Josip Nikolai Peruzović was actually Croatian & had an Italian grandmother. The irony of his USSR gimmick was that he escaped communism. But that’s pro-wrestling. #NikolaiVolkoff & Iron Sheik had all the heat back in the day, man. RIP🙏#WWEHoF pic.twitter.com/OhjeseHdnX
— Josh (@WildcardJosh) July 29, 2018
Whenever I hear the Russian National Anthem (almost always because of something hockey-related) there is always a bit of familiarity & it’s all because of this man- who wasn’t even Russian! Rest in peace Josip Peruzović aka… Nikolai Volkoff! #WWE #wrestling pic.twitter.com/a2PWNWsTEl
— Robb Ellis (@Robb_Ellis) July 29, 2018
Rest in Peace: Josip Nikolai Peruzović. aka Nikolai Volkoff amongst others. Professional wrestler and villianous Russian. Son of Split, Croatia, “good family man”, Husband, son, Muliple time champion across multiple federations, Farmer, weightlifter. Legendary heel. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/k4gu7QTKqm
— Jeremy M.Miller, Esq (@dokmartin2) July 29, 2018
Josip Peruzovic, former pro wrestler known as villain Nikolai Volkoff, has died https://t.co/UE7yYWPSOB
— BREAKING NEWS AMERICA (@Breaking_NewsTN) July 29, 2018
[LUCHA LIBRE INTERNACIONAL]
Numerosos reportes han surgido en Internet que confirman el deceso, a los 70 años de edad, de Josip Nikolai Peruzovic, a quien los fans conocieron como Nikolai Volkoff.
— Legion Lucha Libre (@LegionNuevaEra) July 29, 2018
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