I suppose I post this loosely under sports. I remember as a kid I hated this guy and his partner the Iron Sheik, but boy did they do their job well. RIP. Another part of my childhood memories has passed on to the next world. WWE Hall of Famer who played villain Nikolai Volkoff dies at 70 The former pro wrestler known for entertaining audiences by playing beloved villain Nikolai Volkoff has died. Josip Peruzovic was 70. His wife Lynn Peruzovic confirmed his death Sunday. She said he had heart problems, and that when she went to give him medicine he was not responsive. World Wrestling Entertainment said in a statement that Peruzovic was “one of the greatest villains sports-entertainment had ever seen.” He was known for singing the onetime Soviet Union’s national anthem before matches, and for his tag team alliance with another wrestler known as The Iron Sheik.