Over the weekend, the wrestling world lost a legend when Jimmy Snuka, also known as “Superfly” in the sports world, passed away at 73 years old.
According to TMZ Sports, Jimmy was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer in December, and doctors gave him only six months to live.
According to Us Weekly, “Alofa atu i le aiga atoa” roughly translates to “love the whole family” in English.
Jimmy’s daughter, Tamina Snuka, whose real name is Sarona Snuka as she’s a wrestler too, also paid tribute to her late dad on Instagram as she shared:
I LOVE YOU DAD #FOREVERMYDAD #RestWell #FamiliesAreForever #BestDad #SnukaLegacyA photo posted by SaronaSnuka (@saronasnukawwe) on Jan 15, 2017 at 11:19am PST
The WWE also released a statement regarding the athlete’s death, saying:
“WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka has passed away. Snuka is regarded by many as the pioneer of high-flying offense because of his Superfly Splash from the top turnbuckle. His dive off the top of the steel cage onto Don Muraco at Madison Square Garden as hundreds of flashbulbs went off will forever live as one of the most memorable moments in WWE history. WWE extends its condolences to Snuka’s family, friends and fans.”
He was most recently not only dealing with health issues, but also some legal issues. In September 2015, Jimmy was indicted and arrested on third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter charges related to the 1983 death of his girlfriend Nancy Argentino. He pleaded not guilty and in June 2016, he was found unfit to stand trial due to being diagnosed with dementia. It was only earlier this month that Mr. Snuka had the charges dismissed as he was deemed incompetent to stand trial due to his declining health.
Jimmy was inducted into the WWE hall of fame in 1996 and is survived by his daughters, Sarona, Ara, and Liana, as well as his son Deuce.
Our hearts go out to all those affected by the late Snuka’s passing.
[Image via FayesVision/WENN.]