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WWE superstar Umaga dies

2009-12-05 12:14
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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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