Former WWE wrestler Jimmy Snuka died this Sunday at the age of 73 after a long battle against cancer.
His death was announced by his daughter, Tamina Snuka, on Instagram and confirmed a few minutes later by Jim Ross on Twitter:
“Our condolences to the families and friends of Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka, who died earlier today after losing his fight against stomach cancer. RIP “.
After a short career as a bodybuilder Jimmy Snuka began his career in the late 1960s. A career that led him to WWF in 1982, but also to Japan Pro Wrestling and the American Wrestling Association between 1986 and 1989 Before returning to the WWF. He went head-to head and lost against the Undertaker in 1991 in WrestleMania VII, thus launching the invincibility of the Undertaker to WrestleMania.
After retiring from the WWF in 1992, he worked at the Eastern Championship Wrestling where he was the first heavyweight champion. He remained there until 1994, before Paul Heyman took over the reins of the ECW.
He took his semi-retirement in 1996, but would make occasional appearances in the ring, the last most notable being held at WrestleMania 25th against Chris Jericho alongside Roddy Piper and Ricky Steamboat.
Jimmy Snuka was introduced to the WWE Hall of Fame but a lawsuit in which he was suspected of murdering his partner Nancy Argentino in 1983 resulted in his removal.
The Fiji born wrestler was known for the high-flying offense, the WWE said in a statement.