1/15/2017 12:02 PM PST
Jimmy Snuka, the WWE Hall of Famer, has died after losing his battle to stomach cancer.
Jimmy wrestled from the 1970s onward … all the way through 2010. Jimmy came into the WWE as a heel, and became famous for his acrobatic wrestling style. He eventually turned and became a good guy. He had a number of shots at the WWE championship — both as a villain and hero — but never won.
The Fijian wrestler, also known as Superfly Snuka, would often punish his opponents with his signature move — the Superfly Splash … which was an epic body slam.
Jimmy was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996, while continuing to wrestle. He was managed by the famed Captain Lou Albano.
Jimmy’s daughter, Tamina, who’s also a WWE superstar, just tweeted, “I LOVE YOU DAD.” The Rock also said in Samoan, “Alofa atu i le aiga atoa” which means, “Family is forever.”
Snuka was charged with 3rd degree murder in 2015 in connection to the 1983 death of his then-girlfriend Nancy Argentino. The charges were dismissed just 12 days ago, after the judge determined he had dementia and terminal cancer … and was about to die.
He reportedly last wrestled in 2014 … in a cage match. Jimmy died Sunday at the age of 73.
Some of pro wrestling’s greatest are sending their love …
RIP Superfly. Only love HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) January 15, 2017
Our condolences to the family and friends of Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka who died earlier today after losing his fight with stomach cancer. RIP🙏
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) January 15, 2017
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) January 15, 2017