Jimmy Snuka, who was one of the biggest WWF/E stars of the 1980s, has passed away at the age of 73. He had been battling stomach cancer for several years. His real name was James Reiher Snuka.
His daughter, WWE superstar Tamina Snuka, posted this image on Instagram.
Here is what WWE.com wrote about his death.
WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka has passed away.
Snuka is regarded by many as the pioneer of high-flying offense because of his Superfly Splash from the top turnbuckle. His dive off the top of the steel cage onto Don Muraco at Madison Square Garden as hundreds of flash bulbs went off will forever live as one of the most memorable moments in WWE history.
WWE extends its condolences to Snuka’s family, friends and fans.
— WWE (@WWE) January 15, 2017
Snuka was in the news in the last couple of years because of a 1983 murder involving his then girlfriend Nancy Argentino. The charges were dropped 11 days ago after a judge ruled that Snuka had dementia as well as terminal cancer and was near death. T
On behalf of everybody at TJRWrestling, we send our condolences to the family and friends of the late, great “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka.
I will update this post throughout the day with comments (most likely from Twitter) from people in the industry that knew him.
Our condolences to the family and friends of Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka who died earlier today after losing his fight with stomach cancer. RIP🙏
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) January 15, 2017
So sorry to hear about the passing of Super Fly Jimmy Snuka, one of a kind and a pioneer, my condolences to family, friend and fans
— Michael PS Hayes (@MichaelPSHayes1) January 15, 2017
Saddened to hear about my island brother Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka. Will cherish the times we had together from 1972-2017. Rest easy my friend. pic.twitter.com/PBMW53SEog
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) January 16, 2017
— Triple H (@TripleH) January 15, 2017