Blog Focus: Former WWE Wrestler Umaga Dies
When news broke over the weekend that former WWE wrestler Umaga, whose real name was Eki "Eddie" Fatu, died, the reaction was sadness and shock, as it always is in cases of relatively young celebrities dying (Fatu was 36).
But unfortunately, due to several high profile wrestling deaths, including Owen Hart, Test, Chris Benoit and others, dying young has become an unwanted byproduct of WWE stardom, which can be fleeting.
Here's how the blogosphere reacted to Fatu's death:
Fight Game Blog: "Umaga is best remembered for his run in WWE in feuds with Triple H, John Cena, and Bobby Lashley in the match where Vince McMahon’s and Donald Trump’s hair was on the line. He also worked as a part of Eric Bischoff’s tag team 3-Minute Warning in WWE as well. He was most recently wrestling in Australia for Hulk Hogan’s tour."
Jim Ross: ""Umaga" may have been a "Samoan Savage" or "Samoan Bulldozer" but in reality Eddie Fatu was a gifted athlete with amazing agility and quickness for a 300+ pounder who was one of the most sensitive and likable athletes that I have had the honor of being around in the past 35 years."
Daily DDT: "I don’t know if many people realize this, but almost all of the Samoans in the wrestling industry are practically related in some way. Here’s a list of people in the business he was related to: Afa & Sika Anoa’i – The Wild Samoans (uncles), Sam Fatu – Tama from The Islanders (brother), Solofa Fatu Jr. – Rikishi Fatu (brother), Matt Anoa’i – Rosey from 3 Minute Warning (cousin)"
Sir Jorge's Pro Wrestling Blog: "Edward "Umaga" Fatu passed away around 6PM EST in a Houston hospital yesterday. Apparently he suffered his second heart attack in 24 hours after being found on the floor that morning by his wife and didn't make it through. He was 36."
WWE Characters Blog: "Umaga is another on the list of many pro-wrestlers to have died way too young. Others include Owen Hart, Andrew "Test" Martin, and Eddie Guerrero, all of whom passed away before turning 40. The controversy is over the rigors of the sport, the toll it takes on the wrestler's bodies and health, as well as the fact that they receive very little in terms of health benefits, according to reports."