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.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) January 15, 2017
Snuka’s daughter Tamina posted this heartbreaking photo on Instagram.
A photo posted by SaronaSnuka (@saronasnukawwe) on
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.
RIP Superfly. Only love HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) January 15, 2017
— Triple H (@TripleH) 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. http://pic.twitter.com/I4JZP7XICJ
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) January 15, 2017
— Robby The Brain™ (@RobbyTheBrain) January 15, 2017
Sad to hear about the passing of Jimmy Snuka. My heart and prayers go out to his family. Rest easy uce. Gods got you now. #RIPSuperfly
— Dustin Rhodes (@Goldust) January 15, 2017
When asked how he was doing, the late Jimmy Snuka would smile and often say, "Lovely, Bruddah." #RIPSuperfly
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) January 15, 2017
Always representing the legacy.
Malolo i le filemu. #RIPSuperfly
— Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) January 15, 2017
GOD BLESS JIMMY SNUKA. HE WILL FLY ALL THE WAY TO HEAVEN. WHAT A SWEET MAN. LOVE YOU BROTHER!!!!
— JakeSnakeDDT (@JakeSnakeDDT) January 15, 2017
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) 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. http://pic.twitter.com/1o1M3UBMpN
— Brian Heffron (@BlueMeanieBWO) January 15, 2017
Rest in heaven Jimmy Snuka! Sending my condolences and love to the Snuka family
— Vickie Guerrero (@VickieGuerrero) January 15, 2017
Jimmy Snuka was my 1st favourite wrestler, I love him & his family, so many great conversations w him that I’ll treasure 4ever #superfly
— Santino Marella (@milanmiracle) January 15, 2017
In a time when veteran wrestlers wouldn’t help younger talent
Jimmy Snuka had no problem,helping me
I Love You
Wonderful Brudda http://pic.twitter.com/cdEm6huIJu
— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) January 15, 2017
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