Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka Dies: The Wrestling World Reacts And Sends Heartfelt Tributes To WWF Legend


Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka

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Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka is flying off the top rope in heaven after dying on Sunday at the age of 73.

It was reported back in December that Snuka was battling cancer and was living in hospice care and told he only had 6 months to live.

Former wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced the death of the high-flying WWE Hall of Famer on behalf of Snuka’s family.

Snuka’s daughter Tamina posted this heartbreaking photo on Instagram.

Snuka’s family did not immediately release his cause of death.

“Snuka is regarded by many as the pioneer of high-flying offense because of his Superfly Splash from the top turnbuckle,” the WWE said in a statement.

His death comes only a few days after he was acquitted for the 1983 murder of his mistress.

Snuka, born James Reiher, grew up in Hawaii and became a professional wrestler in the 1970s. He made his first World Wrestling Federation appearance in 1982. Snuka became a legend for the WWF thanks to his famed signature move “Superfly Splash,” where he vaulted off the rope and landed face-down on his opponent who was laying on the mat.

Wrestling stars had an outpouring of tributes to Superfly.