Wikipedia’s Umaga bio
Eki “Eddie” Fatu (March 28, 1973 – December 4, 2009) was a Samoan-American professional wrestler better known by his ring name Umaga. He was best known for his time with World Wrestling Entertainment, where he was a two-time Intercontinental Champion.
He was a member of the Anoa’i wrestling family and frequently worked as a part of a tag team – variously named The Island Boyz, the Samoan Gangstas, and 3-Minute Warning – with his cousin Matt Anoa’i. During Fatu’s first stint with WWE, he was known as Jamal and Matt was billed as Rosey. In late 2005, Fatu returned to WWE. Repackaged under the ring name “Umaga”, Fatu went undefeated for many months on WWE’s Raw brand throughout much of 2006, before suffering his first defeat under the Umaga name in January of 2007. Known by his many nicknames, including “The Samoan Bulldozer” and “The Samoan Savage”, Fatu died on December 4, 2009, as a result of a heart attack.
Concerning the Death of Edward Fatu
Fatu had just returned home after being part of the “Hulkamania Tour” in Australia.
He was let go by the WWE last June.
Fatu’s death came as a shock to industry observers like James Caldwell, who writes for Pro Wrestling Torch, a Web site that covers the pro-wrestling business. In Australia, people had said Fatu was looking healthy and strong, Caldwell said.
“One of the biggest factors is everybody liked him. Everybody from top to bottom said he was a good guy,” Caldwell said.
Pro wrestling has been plagued by the premature deaths of stars in recent years. Dozens have died before the age of 60.
Theories for the high death rate have included the physical punishment the wrestlers are subjected to in the ring, as well as drug use.
The WWE says it’s trying to do more to keep its current and former stars healthy.