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Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka (1943 - 2017)

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Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka (1943 - 2017)

Wrestling Hall of Famer Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, according to multiple news sources. He was 73.

His death also was announced in a tweet from his daughter, current World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Tamina Snuka: "I LOVE YOU DAD #FOREVERMYDAD #RestWell #FamiliesAreForever #BestDad #SnukaLegacy."

In December, it was reported that Snuka was in hospice care and was told he had six months to live.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson also confirmed Snuka's death on Twitter: "Our family asked me to share the sad news that her dad Jimmy Snuka has just passed away. Alofa atu i le aiga atoa. #RIP Superfly."


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Snuka had just been acquitted of third-degree murder charges less than two weeks ago. He was charged in the 1983 slaying of Nancy Argentino, his girlfriend at the time. He did not face charges for the 1983 murder until The Morning Call newspaper in Allentown, Pennsylvania, raised new questions about whether Snuka was truthful in the initial investigation. He was arrested and charged in 2015, but the charges were dismissed when the court declared he was unfit to stand trial.

Snuka was born May 18, 1943, in Fiji. He started wrestling in the 1970s and became one of the WWE’s first superstars. He was known for his move called the Superfly Splash. Snuka would climb onto the ring ropes and stretch out his long hair and then throw himself from the ropes onto an opponent. He would enter the ring to Curtis Mayfield’s classic soul tune, “Superfly.”

Snuka entered into a feud with another wrestling legend, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, in 1984. The two wrestlers fought each other in the top venues across the country.

Tamina Snuka, the WWE wrestling star, also acted in the movie “Hercules.”