WWE’s Stephanie McMahon called Jimmy Snuka “one of the greatest icons in the history of our business.”
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.
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
Snuka’s first WWF appearance came in 1982 and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996.