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Dick Slater, Wrestler in WWE Known as 'Dirty Dick,' Dies at 67

By    |   Friday, 19 October 2018 10:11 AM

“Dirty” Dick Slater, a former pro wrestler who made a name for himself in the WWE circuit during the 1970s and '80s, died this week at the age of 67.

Details surrounding his death have not yet been released, but WWE confirmed the news in a statement Thursday that paid tribute to his career.

“Slater was a prolific competitor during the 1970s and 1980s in Georgia Championship Wrestling, Mid-South Wrestling, and Mid-Atlantic Wrestling, where he teamed with WWE Hall of Famer Bob Orton and had a memorable rivalry with WWE Hall of Famer Jake 'The Snake' Roberts," the statement read.

The National Wrestling Alliance announced his death in a tweet honoring the late wrestler.

“As tough as they come. A decorated champion of the @NWA across every territory he wrestled including being United States, Mid-Atlantic and TV champion,” the post said.

Dick Slater, born Richard Van Slater, grew up in Tampa and was first introduced to wrestling at age seven before going on to receive widespread attention with the WWE and WCW, the New York Daily News reported.

His career spanned more than three decades and was marked with numerous accolades including the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championship title, which he won four times, as well as five championships during his time competing in the Mid-Atlantic Championship and the Mid-South Wrestling Association, according to Wrestlingdata.com.

He spent seven years in the World Championship Wrestling league, until 1996, when a back injury ended his career, People magazine reported.

Towards the end of his career, Slater was convicted of stabbing his then-girlfriend, Theresa Halbert, several times while under the influence of pain medication and was sentenced to one-year house arrest and two years' probation, the New York Daily News noted.

Slater’s death follows the passing of Big Van Vader, a former WWE pro wrestling star who also appeared in film and TV shows.

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