American Gladiator Hawk (Lee Reherman) dies aged 49
American Gladiators star Hawk, real name Lee Reherman, was found dead in his home in Manhattan Beach, California, on Tuesday, 1st March 2016 by his girlfriend Natalina Maggio.
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I inform you of the sad and unexpected passing of my dear friend, PR client & business partner, Lee Reherman. Your prayers are greatly appreciated at this very difficult time. Lee was loved by everyone who knew him and he will never be forgotten.
Lee had reportedly been "not feeling well" in the past few days and was recovering from hip replacement surgery he had a few months ago. Early reports suggest that his cause of death could have been caused by a blood clot, although this has not been officially confirmed.
Friends, family and fellow American Gladiators Laser (Jim Starr), Sabre (Lynn 'Red' Williams), Nitro (Dan Clark), Zap (Raye Hollitt) and Ice (Lori Fetrick) gathered on Manhattan Beach Pier in California, on the 5th March to pay their respects to Lee in true 'Hawk Style' - as in NO stuffy suits or dark clothes, and lots of time in the sand and his favourite bar the Shellback Tavern.
Lee was best known as 'Hawk' in American Gladiators between 1993-1996. He also became a firm fan favourite outside of the USA when his natural charisma captured the attention of a world-wide audience during two series of International Gladiators, filmed in Birmingham, England. After Gladiators, he continued to appear in many other TV shows including 'Angel', 'Gilmore Girls', 'That's So Raven', 'Wizard Of Waverly Place' and 'Hannah Montana'. More recently, he played Special Agent Ross Hardison in 'The First Family' and antagonist Victor in Disney's 'K.C. Undercover'.
Our thoughts are with Lee's friends and family at this very sad time. Rest in peace 'Hawkster'!