WWE Hall of Famer Josip Nikolai Peruzovic, better known by his stage name, Nikolai Volkoff, with a career lasting nearly three decades, has passed away at the age of 70, just days after he was released from a Maryland hospital where he had been treated for dehydration.
Volkoff’s official date of death is July 29, 2018; he was in Glen Arm, Maryland, at the time of his death. He is believed to be survived by two children.
According to What Culture, although characters he wrestled under often claimed to be from Russia or Mongolia, Volkoff was actually born in what is now Split, Croatia, then Yugoslavia. Throughout his wrestling career, he was based in various territories throughout Canada and the United States.
His wrestling persona served as an “evil Bolshevik;” starting out at Stu Hart’s Stampede Wrestling, Volkoff got his first big break in the industry under the guise of Bepo Mongol for Vince Sr.s WWWF. After taking a sabbatical from the company in 1971, he returned in three years later when he took on the Volkoff moniker. Volkoff’s “Bolshevik” persona ended with the end of the Cold War’ after which, he took on playing in “babyface” roles during his career. In 2005, he was inducted into WWE’s Hall of Fame.
According to PW Insider, in addition to his wrestling career, he released a comic book about his life in 2006. Toying with a political career, he campaigned for Maryland Republican Primary for State Delegate in District 7, representing parts of Baltimore and Hartford County.
What was Nikolai Volkoff’s official cause of death?
At this time, Volkoff’s official cause of death does not appear to have been released to the public.
As this story is developing, more information will be updated as made available.