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WWE: Umaga Has Died (Eddie Fatu)
TMZ ^ | 4 December 2009

Posted on 12/04/2009 4:39:32 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture

A rep from the WWE tells TMZ their former superstar wrestler Umaga has died.

Umaga, whose real name was Eddie Fatu, was 36 years old.

The WWE has released a statement on their website saying, "The WWE would like to express its deepest condolences to Mr. Fatu's family, friends and fans on his tragic passing."


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KEYWORDS: ecki; eddie; eddiefatu; eki; fatu; samoa; umaga; wrestling; wwe

1 posted on 12/04/2009 4:39:34 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture
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To: AFCdt; alisasny; ambrose; AnAmericanMother; AppyPappy; Archie Bunker on steroids; ...
Eddie Fatu

As always, if you'd like ON or OFF my wrasslin' ping list, let me know

In previous news... Los Angeles promoter Mike Lebell dies

2 posted on 12/04/2009 4:42:35 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture (Chuck DeVore for U.S. Senate from California ... Bounce Boxer)
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Report previous to his passing...

Former WWE star Eddie “Umaga” Fatu has been hospitalized in an ICU unit in Houston, TX. Reports are going around that he is now brain dead, but that has not been confirmed by his family. WWE called it a “grave situation.” His condition is thought to be life-threatening and his family was told to get into town and to the hospital right away.

Details are a bit sketchy at this point, but he was apparently found by his wife this morning, not breathing with blood coming out of his nose.

http://www.411mania.com/wrestling/news/123702/Umaga-Hospitalized,-Seriously-Ill.htm


3 posted on 12/04/2009 4:43:58 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture
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To: CounterCounterCulture

No cause I take it? What would make you brain dead with blood/nose


4 posted on 12/04/2009 4:45:59 PM PST by omega4179 (0 is an embarrassment to us all.)
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To: CounterCounterCulture

Another young wrestler dead. I think this business eats people alive.


5 posted on 12/04/2009 4:46:10 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: omega4179

Does Mrs. Fatu have a golf club?


6 posted on 12/04/2009 4:46:30 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (A village in Kenya is missing its idiot.)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

I hope he had 3 minutes warning.


7 posted on 12/04/2009 4:47:20 PM PST by omega4179 (0 is an embarrassment to us all.)
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To: omega4179
What would make you brain dead with blood/nose

Roid-induced hemmorhage?

8 posted on 12/04/2009 4:49:22 PM PST by ssaftler (Elfaba-ma: The Wicked Warlock of the West)
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To: vladimir998
I think this business eats people alive.

How? Everything is choreographed and staged. It's nothing more than a physical soap opera.

9 posted on 12/04/2009 4:51:28 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (10 YEARS OF FREEPING! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY EEE!!!)
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To: vladimir998

Too many young wrestlers have died from roids related heart attacks and strokes.


10 posted on 12/04/2009 4:51:54 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: CounterCounterCulture

As much as I hate to say it, it may be time for professional wrestling to be investigated/regulated.

This makes at least 10-15 WWE wrestlers in their 30’s or 40’s that have died suddenly due to brain hemmorages or heart attacks.

Anyone who does not think that all of them a related to steroid use is being willfully ignorant.


11 posted on 12/04/2009 4:53:30 PM PST by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: omega4179

Most of these wrestlers die from some form of drug abuse, usually a combination of pain relievers and muscle relaxers, sometimes alcohol or cocaine mixed in. Playing with those pharmaceutical drugs is very dangerous, your body gets so relaxed it forgets to breathe.


12 posted on 12/04/2009 4:54:29 PM PST by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

You wrote:

“How? Everything is choreographed and staged. It’s nothing more than a physical soap opera.”

Yes, but it’s a BUSINESS that causes terrible injuries, more than 280 a year on the road, and drug addiction is common. The fact that the matches have some choreography and staging doesn’t change the fact that these guys travel constantly and risk life and limb to entertain people.


13 posted on 12/04/2009 4:59:22 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: vladimir998

Sorry, that should be 280 DAYS a year on the road.


14 posted on 12/04/2009 5:01:16 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

“Choreographed” doesn’t mean painless. Between the roids to buff up, the nightly partying, the pain killers to work while injured, sedatives to sleep and speed to wake up and get on a plane the next day, most are a burnt out shell before 50. Often sooner.


15 posted on 12/04/2009 5:15:04 PM PST by GOP_Resurrected
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To: ssaftler

“What would make you brain dead with blood/nose”

Blood pressure. Been there, done that.


16 posted on 12/04/2009 5:20:20 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: CounterCounterCulture

Too bad. Way too young. RIP.


17 posted on 12/04/2009 5:20:24 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: CounterCounterCulture

OH MAN that sucks I remember that dude he team up with Little people Hoogleworst


18 posted on 12/04/2009 5:50:23 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: commish

“As much as I hate to say it, it may be time for professional wrestling to be investigated/regulated.”

This frustrates the hell out of me. If active baseball players were dying at the rate wrestlers have been in the past 10 years(especially counting TNA/the indy circuit/etc), the feds would turn the MLB inside out looking for answers...yet those players are the ones getting dragged before Congress while the wrestling industry gets ignored because it’s “scripted”. So is Hollywood stunt work...ask one of those guys how “fake” their injuries are...at least they get time off between gigs. How many more lives is it going to take to get people to take this seriously?
/vent


19 posted on 12/04/2009 6:41:12 PM PST by VampireStateNY (Bleeding taxpayers dry since 1788!)
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To: VampireStateNY
This frustrates the hell out of me. If active baseball players were dying at the rate wrestlers have been in the past 10 years(especially counting TNA/the indy circuit/etc), the feds would turn the MLB inside out looking for answers...yet those players are the ones getting dragged before Congress while the wrestling industry gets ignored because it’s “scripted”. So is Hollywood stunt work...ask one of those guys how “fake” their injuries are...at least they get time off between gigs. How many more lives is it going to take to get people to take this seriously? /vent

A few a the wrestlers that come to mind who died way too young:

Rick Rude

Road Warrior Hawk

Big Boss Man

Louie Spicolli

Mike Awesome

Eddie Guerrero

Chris Benoit

Rocco Rock

Johnny Grunge

Eddie Gilbert

Brian Pillman

Davey Boy Smith

20 posted on 12/05/2009 12:36:25 PM PST by GreenHornet
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To: GreenHornet

Andre The Giant
Owen Hart
Curt Hennig
Scott “Bam Bam” Bigelow
Yokozuna
Sylvester Ritter (Junk Yard Dog)
Raymond Fernandez (Hercules)
Brian Adams (Crush)
Sherri Martel
Rhonda Singh (Bertha Faye)
Andrew Martin (Test)
Michael Lockwood (”Crash” Holly)
Chris Candido
Adrian Adonis
Art Barr
Rick McGraw
Buzz Sawyer
Terry Gordy
Dino Bravo
Bruiser Brody
John Tenta (Earthquake)
most of the Von Erichs

and valet Miss Elizabeth


21 posted on 12/05/2009 1:06:23 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture
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Afa Anoai sent out the following statement on the passing of Eddie ‘Umaga’ Fatu:

On behalf of my family, the Anoa’i and Fatu family, we are devastated and shocked by the loss of our Eki. Our son, nephew, brother, cousin, husband, father. Our hearts are broken, and words can’t express what each of us are feeling. It is so comforting to know how loved Eki is by his family, peers, friends, and most of all his fans. When I received that a.m. phone call that my nephew was in the hospital, I dug deep and prayed and cried and begged for a miracle. When we lost Eki, I knew it was God’s will, and that he is with my sister, his mother, who passed just a year ago.

We are making our plans now for our farewell to Eki, but I wanted to take this time to thank everyone for all of the thousands of posts, emails, letters, and cards. Although I have not been able to bring myself to answer them personally, your kindness does not go unnoticed. I want to especially thank our WWE family and Stephanie McMahon for everything, and her phone call was very comforting to me in my time of sorrow.

God bless each and every one of you, and I’ve said it a hundred times, the best people in the world are our wrestling people. You’ll never find a more dedicated group of people.

Be safe and be healthy, and love one another.

God bless,
Afa the Wild Samoan
“Pops”

http://www.411mania.com/wrestling/news/123743/Afa-Anoai-Releases-Statement-On-The-Passing-Of-Eddie-/’Umaga-Fatu.htm


22 posted on 12/05/2009 1:07:17 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture
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