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WWE superstar Umaga dies

2009-12-05 12:14

New York - Wrestling superstar Umaga has died, aged just 36.

The former WWE intercontinental champion died after suffering a heart attack, his family have confirmed.

The Wrestling Observer reported that the Samoan-American star, real name Edward Fatu, fell asleep while watching television in his Houston home on Thursday night.

He was found several hours later by his wife, not breathing and with blood coming out of his nose. He was immediately rushed to a local hospital.

There he was put on life support and his family told to come to Texas as quickly as possible.

Tributes have poured in from around the wrestling world for the man who headlined WrestleMania 23 in 2007 - the biggest selling PPV event in the history of the sport.

WWE released a statement reading: "WWE would like to express its deepest condolences to Mr Fatu's family, friends and fans on his tragic passing.

Fatu is the latest in a long line of wrestlers to pass away at a young age.

Others include Eddie Guerrero, 38, 'British Bulldog' Davey Boy Smith, 39, Andrew 'Test' Martin, 33, and Chris Benoit, 40, who in 2007 murdered his wife and seven-year-old son before committing suicide.

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Comments
  • polok - 2009-12-05 16:04

    They all die premature due to excessive use of steriods and drugs to bulk up their bodies. There needs to be dope testing for these "actors" as well

  • Umaga fan - 2009-12-06 17:21

    poor umaga, he didnt do sterioids... none of them do except cena.. he just had a hearts attack because he was a litttle on the big side if you know what i mean, big show isnt dead because he is taller . Umaga RIP man!

  • Glen - 2009-12-06 20:27

    Their hearts work harder than the normal sports person as a result of steriods they use... plain and simple. However, they are survived by loved ones who care a lot about them. Condolences to his family.

  • AL - 2009-12-07 12:03

    RIP Umaga. Its unbelievable what these guys put their bodies through for entertainment. I know a lot of it is acting but still crazy.

  • Willem - 2009-12-07 15:16

    Dear "Umaga fan" You have to be very naive to think these guys don't use steriods. Where did you hear this? Did Santa tell you?

  • Undertaker - 2009-12-08 15:04

    R.I.P. Umaga!!!

  • Big K - 2009-12-08 16:36

    Guys, lets not pass stupid comments regarding wrestlers especially Umaga and steroid usage and stuff. These guys put their bodies through a beating for every1 elses entertainment and sometimes have to take certain substances (roids, pain killers etc) to cope with the demand of wrestling week in and week out and traveling on the road for 50 weeks of the year!! The least we can show is some respect and not bad mouth them esp when they have passed on. RIP Umaga, you are an inspiration with ur agility as a big 300 pounder to all us big guys and not forgeting your tattoos. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Fatu and Anoi families. We have lost another true Wrestling Legend, Godspeed Umaga, ul neva be forgotten!!!!

  • Big K - 2009-12-10 12:49

    To whoever cares or likes to know info like me, Umaga's funeral will be on 18 December 2009 in las Vegas. Cheers

  • ronnie " bulldozer" - 2009-12-10 20:20

    polok you say they are actors go and fight one of them and you will see they are not actors sure they entertain us i dear you go and fight one of them umaga so young but you open my eyes and from today i will loose weight note this guys im 130kg see me in february2010

  • Tin Dog - 2010-03-05 12:50

    If you can find it, I recommend the documentary "Beyond the Mat" a behind the scenes look at the professional wrestling business

  • pardon - 2010-06-22 07:40

    ooh my gosh Umaga my friend oh dear i lost my bestfriend ever ur soul rest in pease(!!)

  • capital@ @ polok - 2010-06-22 14:28

    Hi polok - the wwe do in fact test all their wrestlers for this and ahve on many occasions fined and banned top stars for using steroids. They also have a very strict and thorough medical testing scheme which ensures that all wrestlers are fit and medically able. I suspect Umaga may have been a weight issue as he was very large and overweight

  • Flyboy - 2010-06-24 09:02

    Umaga Fan. You are a chop. Plenty of them use steroids. Besides the confirmed reports, anyone with half a brain and a slight knowledge of sport and the human body can clearly see that many have un natural shapes that can only be brought about through steroid use.

  • Goose7 - 2010-08-16 14:38

    umm am i the only 1 who finds it strange how these guys die at young ages ? and all seem to be of some kind of heart complication ??? steriods Lance Cade also just died at 29 of a "heart attack " fishy hey

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