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The legendary wrestler passed Sunday after a bout with stomach cancer.

Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, the Fijian high flyer who brought his style to WWF audiences in the early 1980s died early Sunday. He was 73.

Snuka, the father of current WWE superstar Tamina Snuka and former WWE wrestler Deuce was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996. Tamina confirmed the news of his passing with a post on Instagram.

In his later years, Snuka was in court over the cold case murder of his girlfriend Nancy Argentino. Deemed a cold case for over three decades, the wrestler was arraigned on charges of third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. However, he was deemed unfit to stand trial and was cleared of all charges on January 3rd of this year.

Perhaps Superfly’s two more infamous moments in the squared circle occurred during his prime in the 1980s. During his first stint with the WWF, Snuka was embroiled in a feud with then Intercontinental Champion Don Muraco. The two would settle it in a steel cage in Madison Square Garden. Although he lost the match to Muraco, he dragged him back into the cage and performed his patented Superfly Splash from atop of the cage. The move influenced a number of current and former wrestlers such as Mick Foley, Tommy Dreamer & more to pursue wrestling.

Months later, Snuka was involved in a feud with “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. During a segment of Piper’s interview show “Piper’s Pit”, Piper would crack a coconut over Snuka’s head, knocking him out. He would be infrequently used by the WWE over a twenty year stretch, occasionally appearing with the company as part of a Legend’s contract.

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