Bodybuilder wrestling legend and bodybuilder icon Brad “The Barbarian” Roewes, 69, died Monday, his bodybuilder and bodybuilding apparel company announced.
Roewes’ son, former UFC light heavyweight champion Joe “The Bear” Roawes, tweeted Monday that the legendary wrestler died of natural causes at his home in California.
The cause of death is not yet known, but the family’s medical team said in a statement that the cause was asphyxia due to chronic pneumonia.
A native of San Francisco, Roews first professional wrestling appearance was as a teenager in 1973.
In 1974, he went on to win the WWF Championship from Terry Funk, who also defeated him in a title match.
In the 1980s, Roawess was one of the UFC’s biggest stars.
He was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 1999, and he has been a part of the company since.
He also was inductee into the WWE Hall of Honor in 2005.
In 2016, Roaws career took a turn for the worse when he was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
His bodybuilder work has been celebrated for years, but it was not until last year that he finally broke out as a bodybuilder champion.
Roew was also a WWE Hall-of-Famer and the first-ever WWE champion.
He had been fighting pneumonia for about a month at the time of his death, but doctors said he was recovering and could be ready to compete again.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.