Known to his fans as Road Warrior Animal, or usually Animal, Joe Laurinaitis has died at the age of 60 on September 22, 2020, at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri.
Laurinaitis was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011, with his wrestling partner Michael Hegstrand (Road Warrior Hawk). The pair made up the immensely popular and iconic tag teams in the history of professional wrestling. They were the Road Warriors, also known as the Legion of Doom. Hegstrand died in 2003 from a heart attack. He was 46 at the time.
Laurinaitis is survived by four children including James Laurinaitis, who played for the St. Louis Rams and New Orleans Saints. Joe's brother John Laurinaitis has been an executive, producer, and occasional on-air talent in WWE since 2001.
The family is planning to release a statement on September 23, 2020. "At this time we ask for you to keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers."
Social media tributes have begun to come in from his wrestling friends.