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 Post subject: RIP Umaga
PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2009 12:54 am 
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Another wrestler dead in his 30s.

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Wrestling superstar Umaga has died, aged just 36. The former WWE intercontinental champion was killed by 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. On that night he lost to Bobby Lashley, a result that meant billionaire reality TV star Donald Trump got to shave WWE boss Vince McMahon's head.

Lashley has posted a message on his Facebook saying: "Very sad day today. A good friend is gone."

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. Mr Fatu was under contract with WWE at various time periods and most recently performed under the name Umaga. Mr Fatu's contract was terminated on June 11, 2009."

Fatu - trained by his famous uncles, the Wild Samons Afa and Sika - first wrestled for WWE between 2002 and 2003 under the name of Jamal as part of the 3-Minute Warning tag team with his cousin Matt Anoa'i, aka Rosey.

After being released from his contract, reportedly as a result of getting into a bar fight, he had stints in rival groups TNA and All Japan before returning to the WWE in 2005. During that time he won the IC title twice and enjoyed memorable feuds with Lashley, Jeff Hardy and John Cena, who he challenged for the company's world championship. He was fired again by the WWE this June after violating their drug-testing policy for a second time and then refusing to go to rehab.

Umaga most recently competed on the Hulkamania tour of Australia, where he was said to be happy and healthy, amid rumours he was set to return to WWE.

Ken Anderson, better known as Mr Kennedy, was his opponent Down Under and Tweeted: "I'm very thankful to have had a private closed-door conversation with Ecki prior to our match a few days ago in Sydney.

"He insisted that we go out and tear the house down. We both had something to prove that night and in my opinion: Mission Accomplished!

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Fatu family. Ecki absolutely adored his wife and was extremely proud of his children.

"I have so many amazing, funny, and heartwarming (sometimes gut wrenching belly-laughing) memories."

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Wow, that's sad. I didn't expect to see that.

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Some things happen when you least expect it and this is a real surprised to see this happen. I know this is too late but I liked Umaga wether I hated him or liked him at the time. And I always felt they could have redone the Wild Samoans with him and the other son of one of the wild samoans.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2009 9:06 am 
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really thought tna would get him

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You know and I am just saying I have always wondered if one thing didn't happen would that person have died. Like if he didn't fall asleep in his couch watching TV would he have died at that point in time.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2009 7:14 pm 
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Do we know if there were any drugs involved in his career?

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I'm pretty sure he was suspended in WWE for violating the Wellness policy when he still worked for them.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2009 7:17 pm 
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Still sad news, but I just wish the rest of them would learn from these constant deaths.

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People make bad choices and at a point it gets too late to stop it of fix it.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 2:49 am 
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Do we know if there were any drugs involved in his career?

He was addicted to pain killers & recreational drugs if reports are to be believed. He was kicked out of WWE for refusing to to enter a rehab program iirc.

Looks to be the same cause of death as Eddie G - heart failure due to stress brought on by long term drug abuse.

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Alot of these young wrestlers death I hope it sends a message that you shouldn't be taking any sort of drugs unless told by a qualified doctor. But then again what I just said is hard to be true since a doctor prescribed steroids to alot of wrestlers during that time when Chris Benoit killed himself and his family.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 4:08 am 
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Nah, the way the wrestling system is set up means that a lot of the guys will do whatever they need to to make sure they can keep doing matches. Unfortunately this will mean continued abuse of painkillers, anti-depressants, etc.

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When I, as a wrestling fand and a juggalo, feel a deep sadness when any of the greats happen to pass on in the "most electrifying business in the world" it saddens me and my heart, and the hearts of the fam, go out to him and his. Screw drugs and other problems, a great man died before his time.
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Well we weren't trying to take away anything with his death some people are just curious cause its a shame either way and even though he didn't get a good long run in WWE I still sort of enjoyed seeing him specially at the end before he stopped being in WWE he was starting to become a good guy.


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I know but a lot of people think one thing when a wrestler dies, drugs had to be the problem. Mabey it was mabey it wasnt, but at least you guys set up the information unbyist. Props to you man.
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