Former WWE star Rosey has passed away at the age of 47-years-old … this according to his family.
The family of Rosey — aka Matt Anoa’i — released a statement through WWE saying, “The Anoa’i family is mourning the loss of Sika’s son, Matt aka Rosey, due to an untimely death.”
Adding, “We want to let his fans know that he loved them and the wrestling world so much. In his passing, he left three beautiful young children and a heartbroken family. Please respect the privacy of his children and family as they mourn the loss of this kind, loving, gentle man, who was a father, son, brother and a superhero to us all.”
Anoa’i, who is also the older brother of Roman Reigns, debuted in WWE in 2002 as a member of Eric Bischoff’s enforcement team 3-Minute Warning.
In 2003 he adopted a superhero persona and began teaming with The Hurricane, and the duo won the WWE World Tag Team Championships in 2005. Anoa’i was released from the company in 2006. He continued to make appearances on the independent scene for the remainder of his life.
Shane Helms and Rikishi both commented on the loss of Anoa’i Tuesday on social media.
— JR RIKISHI FATU (@TheREALRIKISHI) April 18, 2017