The WWE has released the following statement on the death of Eddie Fatu (Umaga), who passed away earlier today at the age of 36:
“WWE would like to express its deepest condolences to Mr. Fatu’s family, friends and fans on his tragic passing. Mr. Fatu was under contract with WWE at various time periods and most recently performed under the name ‘Umaga.’ Mr. Fatu’s contract was terminated on June 11, 2009.”
Fatu suffered a second heart attack after being hospitalized when he was found unconscious while bleeding from his nose and his mouth. It is believed that pills were involved, but obviously nothing can be said until the toxicology reports come back.
If the drugs are in fact related in his death, he will be yet another famous wrestler to pass away from such a cause. Others include the tragic death of Eddie Guerrero in 2005 and the double-murder suicide of Chris Benoit. The latter is often linked to use of performance-enhancing drugs.
I alongside my site, SportsFullCircle, would like to wish condolences to the family of Fatu.