WWE superstars mourn death of Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka
The wrestling world lost an icon on Saturday when Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka died after a battle with stomach cancer.
Snuka was a legend in the ring, but his legacy is complicated by the fact he was charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend. Still, Superfly’s death had a profound impact on those who wrestled with him and those saw him as an inspiration.
Snuka was born in Fiji and his death was especially meaningful to wrestlers of Polynesian descent, like Dwayne Johnson and Roman Reigns.
After the news broke, wrestlers took to social media to express their condolences.
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) January 15, 2017
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) January 15, 2017
Always representing the legacy.
Malolo i le filemu. #RIPSuperfly
— Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) January 15, 2017
So sorry to learn of the passing of the legendary Jimmy Snuka. His career had such a huge impact on my life. pic.twitter.com/I4JZP7XICJ
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) January 15, 2017
R.I.P MY FRIEND pic.twitter.com/eaziTZOBNh
— Brooklyn Brawler (@brawlerreal) January 15, 2017
One of the most iconic photos in wrestling. Before high risk was high fashion. Jimmy Snuka captured the imagination of us all. pic.twitter.com/1o1M3UBMpN
— Brian Heffron aka The Blue Meanie (@BlueMeanieBWO) January 15, 2017
my prayers and condolences go to you and your family ! He is another angel looking over you ! Stay strong girl. Much ❤️
— Dana Brooke WWE (@DanaBrookeWWE) January 15, 2017
— Aiden English (@WWEDramaKing) January 15, 2017
— Bully Ray (@bullyray5150) January 15, 2017
— Diamond Dallas Page (@RealDDP) January 15, 2017
Snuka’s first WWF appearance came in 1982 and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996.