This is so sad!
Legendary professional wrestler and Japanese cult hero Hayabusa passed away on Thursday, reportedly due to a subarachnoid hemorrhage in his brain.
He was just 47 years old.
Hayabusa only spent a few months wrestling in America during his career, including appearing in ECW Heatwave in 1998, but he was an iconic figure in the professional wrestling world.
He worked in both Japan and Mexico where he forged a unique career marked by matches involving barbed wire, explosives, and other dangerous things.
In 2001, he was paralyzed after slipping and falling during a match, landing on his head and cracking two vertebrae.
Nevertheless, years later a video (below) emerged showing the wrestler triumphantly walking into the ring again:
Sad..The Great Hayabusa. A man that influenced my generation with his innovative style & his determination outside the ring was inspiring
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Rocky Romero (@azucarRoc) March 4, 2016
When I started wrestling, *everyone* wanted to be Hayabusa. Even the heavyweights wanted a tiny iota of what he so effortlessly had.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Excalibur (@ShutUpExcalibur) March 4, 2016
RIP Hayabusa. The memory of the Phoenix will rise & inspire the warriors of the future.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Samoa Joe (@SamoaJoe) March 4, 2016
RIP Hayabusa, I remember spending $50 for FMW tapes from HMV just to see your matches
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ BigMike (@MichaelElgin25) March 4, 2016
Did YOU ever see Hayabusa wrestle?
[Image via TWM.]