WWE announced Tuesday that Matt Anoa’i, who performed in WWE as Rosey, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 47.
Rosey was a part of the Anoa’i wrestling family, and is the older brother of Roman Reigns.
Rosey debuted in WWE in 2002 as a part of the tag team 3-Minute Warning alongside his cousin Jamal, better known as Umaga. He later formed a partnership with The Hurricane. Rosey last wrestled in a WWE ring in 2006.
The Anoa’i family issued a statement to WWE:
“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.”
Many current and former WWE stars paid tribute to Rosey on social media.
— Booker T. Huffman (@BookerT5x) April 18, 2017
Very sorry to hear of the passing of Matt Anoa’i, Rosey.A lovely man .My condolences to all of his family.
— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) April 18, 2017
Condolences to the family. 💜
— Bayley (@itsBayleyWWE) April 18, 2017
SOURCE: newsnow sport