Who was Adnan Al-Kaissie and what was his cause of death?


EX-WWE star Adnan Al Kaissie, also known as General Adnan, has sadly passed away at the age of 84.

The news was broken on September 6 by long-time Minneapolis announcer Mick Karch, who had known Al-Kaissy for decades.

Adnan Al Kaissie

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Who was Adnan Al Kaissie?

Adnan bin Abdul Kareem Ahmed Alkaissy El Farthie  better known professionally as Adnan Al Kaissie, was an Iraqi former professional wrestler and manager best known as Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey, Billy White Wolf, or General Adnan.

In 1971 he defeated André the Giant in Al-Shaab Stadium in Baghdad, under the auspices of his former friend at high school Saddam Hussein.

He competed in the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF). On December 7, 1976, he won the WWWF World Tag Team championship with Chief Jay Strongbow.

In 1981, Adnan Al Kaissie joined the American Wrestling Association (AWA), in 1990 he joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF formerly WWWF, now known as the WWE), where he managed Sgt.

Slaughter under the name “General Adnan”. He competed at SummerSlam 1991 with his partners Sgt. Slaughter and Col.

Mustafa in a Handicap match with Sid Justice as special guest referee against Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior. Al-Kaissie became the first Iraqi as well as Arab to compete in a WWF/E ring.

Adnan Al Kaissie
Adnan Al Kaissie and Gordienko square off in Baghdad, November 1970 (credit Ted Gordienko).

Adnan Al Kaissie was born Adnan Bin Abdulkareem Ahmed Al-Kaissy El Farthie in Baghdad, Iraq.

According to his autobiography, he came from a fairly distinguished family, with his father being an imam.

One of his high school classmates was Saddam Hussein. Al-Kaissy played association football and was an amateur wrestler in Iraq.

He received a scholarship to play American football at the University of Houston, transferring to Oklahoma State University, emerging as a wrestler. He almost qualified for the U.S. Olympic team but was not an American citizen

Adnan Al Kaissie death

Adnan Al Kaissie  passed away at the age of 84 on September 6, 2023.

Adnan Al Kaissie
Adnan Al Kaissie

Adnan Al Kaissie cause of death

The professional wrestling powerhouses announced the sad news on their official Twitter page.

The specific cause of death has not been disclosed

A statement read: “WWE is saddened to learn that Adnan Al Kaissie, known to sports-entertainment fans as Billy White Wolf, Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissy and General Adnan, passed away on Sept. 6 at 84.

“WWE extends its condolences to Adnan Al-Kaissie’s family, friends and fans.”

Already this year, Darren Drozdov, Mike ‘Mantaur’ Halac and most recently Bray Wyatt have all passed.

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