The WWE Fame and ‘Hall of Famer’ Jimmy Superfly Snuka, known for his high-flying leap off the ring’s top rope that flattened his opponents, died on Sunday. He was 73. Sarona Snuka, daughter of Jimmy Snuka told Dwayne Johnson ‘The Rock’ to share this sad news and later also posted a picture of her with Jimmy in his last times.
However, the family did not immediately release his cause of death. Here’s the Sarona’s Instagram Post informing the demise of her father in which she wrote saying:
WWE paid an emotional tribute to the demise of the WWE Legend and Hall of Famer Nancy ‘Superfly” Snuka.
Here’s the tweet and Video by WWE paying tribute to the Legendary Wrestler:
.@WWE remembers Hall of Famer Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, 1943-2017.#RIPSuperfly #RAW pic.twitter.com/JOadybmTlw
— WWE (@WWE) January 17, 2017
The Nancy Argentino’s Death Controversy in Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka’s Life:
Snuka’s death comes 12 days after a Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, judge dropped third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter charges against him in the 1983 death of his ex-girlfriend, Nancy Argentino. On May 10, 1983, Argentino was found unresponsive in a room at the George Washington Motor Lodge in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where the WWF taped its matches. Snuka called the paramedics, but once they arrived, he was gone. Argentino was pronounced dead a few hours later.
Life and Health of Jimmy Superfly Snuka in Recent Years:
The signature move, in which Snuka vaulted off the rope and landed face-down on his opponent who lay prone on the floor, helped catapult the Fiji-born Snuka to 1980s fame with the World Wrestling Federation, now the WWE. He was later inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
In recent years, Snuka’s health took a turn for the worse. He suffered from a bout of stomach cancer before he was charged in 2015. He underwent intensive surgery in which three-quarters of his stomach, several lymph nodes and a piece of his large intestine were removed, according to Kirwan.
Snuka had also been diagnosed with dementia and showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, an Alzheimer’s-like neurodegenerative disease associated with repeated hits to the head, according to Kirwan.
Kirwan said Snuka was placed in home hospice care in October and moved to in-hospital hospice care at Broward Medical North near his home in Florida on December 17. Snuka is one of 50 former wrestlers named as plaintiffs in a July lawsuit against the WWE for long-term brain damage they say was incurred during their careers with the company.