May 6, 2003
Iron Sheik's daughter slain
By JOHN POWELL -- SLAM! Wrestling

Iron Sheik at a 1999 AWF show in Toronto. -- Photo: Greg Oliver, SLAM! Wrestling.

Media outlets in Georgia are reporting that the eldest daughter of wrestling star The Iron Sheik (Hossein Khosrow Vaziri) was found strangled last weekend.

Marissa Jeanne Vaziri, 37, was found dead in the apartment she rented with her boyfriend, Charles Warren Reynolds, 38. Police say that the two had been drinking and taking pills. Police arrested Reynolds yesterday after he met and spoke with a local reverend. Vaziri had no affiliation with the pro wrestling business.

The Iron Sheik was WWF World Champion from December 26, 1983 to January 23, 1984, and was the transitional champion to hand the reigns over to Hulk Hogan. The Iron Sheik is remembered for his epic battles with Sergeant Slaughter, and his WWF tag team title reign with Nikolai Volkoff. The Russian and the Iranian beat USA Express (Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo) at the first WrestleMania, March 31, 1985 for the tag belts, and lost them back to them June 17, 1985.

Last week, Elizabeth Hulette (Miss Elizabeth) died at the Cobb County, Georgia, townhouse of wrestler Lex Luger (Lawrence Pfohl). Pfohl has been charged with various drug offences while autopsy results on Hulette's body were inconclusive. Law enforcement officials do not suspect foul play in Hulette's death. Blood and tissue samples have been sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for analysis and toxicology tests but it may take months to know the results.

-- with files by Greg Oliver.

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