LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lee Reherman, the former Ivy League football star who shot to distinction as the towering,  on the well known 1990s TV program “American Gladiators,” died on Tuesday. He was 49.

Reherman, who took after “Gladiators” with a successful career as an actor producer, died at his home in Manhattan Beach, his publicist, Anthony Turk, told The Associated Press.

Reason for death wasn’t quickly known, yet the previous competitor hadn’t been feeling admirably as of late in the wake of experiencing hip replacement surgery, Turk said. He passed away after his girlfriend returned home Tuesday to discover him sick.

A champion hostile tackle at Cornell University who additionally had a tryout with the Miami Dolphins, Reherman wasn’t only the immense, hooking competitor viewers saw on “American Gladiator.” He was a researcher also.

In the wake of graduating with distinction from Cornell, he earned an expert’s ready to go organization and was seeking after a doctorate in financial aspects at the University of California, Los Angeles, when “American Gladiators” came calling.

At 6-feet-4 and with a muscle head’s physical make-up, the threatening however magnetic Hawk turned into a prompt fan most loved as he battled with other world class competitors.

“Anybody who came in contact with him, even people who may have been on a film set with him for just one day, Lee was very much loved by everyone,” said Kathy Carter, his administrator of 17 years.