Wrestling legend Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka passed away on Sunday due to stomach cancer at 73 years old.
Snuka debuted his wrestling career in 1968 at the National Wrestling Alliance starting off with a bodybuilder gimmick. From there, he went on to wrestle in many other wrestling companies including the World Wrestling Federation, the American Wrestling Association, and Eastern Championship Wrestling.
Since the 1980s, Snuka was known for his high-flying maneuvers such as the Superfly Splash, which made wrestling fans go crazy every time he performed inside the ring. Snuka went on to become a champion in all of the wrestling organizations in which he performed.
In 1996, Snuka semi-retired where he still performed and made appearances in wrestling organizations. He also was inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame by former wrestler Don Muraco.
Many wrestling fans have shared their condolences with the Snuka family through social media and vocally. Mark Jackson, who is an avid wrestling fan, vividly remembers seeing Snuka perform live and being a fan.
“I remember when I was I kid I saw Jimmy Snuka wrestle against The Undertaker at WrestleMania VII,” said Jackson. “Snuka was being dominated by the Phenom throughout the match, but I realized how unique Snuka was as a wrestler and how much he truly loved the business through his performance within the ring that day”. Jackson also remembers playing with a Jimmy Snuka action figure as a kid and pretending to be him when wrestling with his friends.
Other wrestlers have commented on the passing of Snuka through social media.
Snuka is survived by his four children Deuce, Tamina, Liana and Ata and his wife Carole.