General Adnan Passes Away at Age 84

Former WWE wrestler General Adnan, real name Adnan bin Abdul Kareem Ahmed Alkaissy El Farthie, passed away on Wednesday at the Age of 84.

Farthie’s passing was first announced by legendary wrestling announcer Ken Resnick on Facebook.

WWE issued an official statement on Farthie’s passing on Twitter.

Farthie’s career in wrestling spanned from 1959 to 1998 and had notable stints in World Wide Wrestling Federation, World Wrestling Federation, New Japan Pro Wrestling, and American Wrestling Association.

Besides wrestling in the United States, Farthie also helped popularize professional wrestling in his home nation of Iraq during the 1970s becoming a huge star in the country. Farthie left in 1980 over fears of his life under Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s rule of the country.

Farthie was most known under the ring names of Billy White Wolf, Sheik Adnan El Kaissey, and the more famous General Adnan name during his second stint in WWF.

As General Adnan in WWF, Farthie was part of a villainous stable named the Triangle of Terror alongside with Colonel Mustafa (The Iron Shiek) and good guy turned Iraqi sympathizer Sgt. Slaughter from 1990 to 1992. Farthie’s second stint in WWF coincided with the Gulf War and drew a lot of serious backlash on WWF over their storyline involving Slaughter turning his back on America and his constant praise of Saddam Hussein. Alongside Col. Mustafa and Sgt. Slaughter, Farthie headlined SummerSlam 1991 against Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior in a Two-on-Three Handicap match, which was won by Hogan and Warrior.

Some of Farthie’s notable accolades and achievements during his career included being a one-time WWWF World Tag Team Champion, a two-time NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Champion, a four-time NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Champion, and a one-time NWA United States Heavyweight Champion (Hawaii version).