Monday, 16 January 2017

WWE Star Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka Dies, aged 73


WWE hall of fame star Jimmy Snuka has died, aged 73.

His lawyer said the wrestler died at his son-in-law's home in Florida surrounded by family and friends.

The Fijian-born former wrestler had spent time in a hospice for several conditions including dementia, though it's not clear yet how he died.

In a statement on its website, WWE said it was saddened to learn of his death and hailed him as "the pioneer of high-flying offense" in the ring.

His daughter Tamina Snuka, also a WWE star, tweeted "I love you dad" with a picture of the two.

It's less than two weeks since homicide charges were dropped against Jimmy Snuka relating to the death of his girlfriend in 1983.

A judge ruled that he was mentally incompetent to stand trial over the death of 23-year-old Nancy Argentino.

The charges were only brought in 2015.

He pleaded not guilty to third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.

Wrestling stars have been paying tribute to Snuka online.

Stephanie McMahon, WWE's chief brand officer, called him "one of the greatest icons in the history of our business".



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