Former WWE superstar Rosey, older brother of Roman Reigns, dead at 47
Matt Anoa'i was part of legendary Samoan wrestling family and former WWE tag team champion
Matt Anoa'i, a former WWE tag team champion and member of the famed Anoa'i Samoan wrestling dynasty, died Monday at age 47.
WWE confirmed the news on Tuesday, though a cause of death wasn't released. Anoa'i was the son of WWE Hall of Famer Sika, one half of the Wild Samoans, and the older brother of three-time WWE champion Roman Reigns.
After turning pro in 1995, Anoa'i went on to compete in WWE from 2002-06 under the name Rosey. Often dressed in football and baseball jerseys, Anoa'i teamed with his real-life cousin Jamal (real name Eddie Fatu, who would later star with WWE as Umaga) in a tag team called 3-Minute Warning.
After Jamal was released from his WWE contract in 2003, Anoa'i later teamed with Hurricane Helms under a mask in the tag team called The Super Heroes. Helms paid tribute to Anoa'i in a photo on his Instagram account on Tuesday.
The family of Anoa'i released a statement that was shared by WWE.
"The Anoa'i family is mourning the loss of Sika's son, Matt aka Rosey, due to an untimely death," the statement read. "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. Our family appreciates your prayers and continued support during this very difficult time."
Anoa'i continued to wrestle on the independent scene until the time of his death. He was also the promoter, along with his father Sika, of the Florida based promotion Epic Championship Wrestling. In 2007, Anoa'i was a contestant on the ABC reality series "Fat March."
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