WWE legend, Vader, whom doctors gave two years live, has undergone successful open heart surgery.
The 62-year-old flew to Dallas, Texas, US, last week before having an operation last night.
His son Jesse tweeted from Vader’s account: “I wanted to let everybody know that I just spoke to the Surgeon.
“The surgery was a success but it was worse than we had expected. Long road for recovery. Will keep you posted. Thank you for the prayers.”
Vader was one of the most impressive ‘big guy’ athletes in WWE history. His popular wrestling ring feuds with other legends like Ric Flair, Mick Foley and Sting in WCW, would not be forgotten by wrestling fans.
In an interview back in 2016, he told how he had been in a car accident when he found out about his major heart issues.
THE SUN, UK, quoted him as saying: “I was in the medical center and I was seeing my doctor, who is actually an MD, and heart specialists came into my room.
“They said: ‘We’ve been looking at your heart,’ and I said, ‘Who are you?’ I didn’t recognise the guy. He said, ‘You have two years to live.
“‘We’ve been looking at your heart, and that’s the deal.’”