Wrestling Stars React To Death Of Matt Anoa'i

Tributes and condolences to Matt "Rosey" Anoa'i came pouring in across social media on Tuesday after news broke of his death on Monday.

Rosey was best known as a tag wrestler in WWE, both in 3 Minute Warning with his late cousin Jamal (who probably was better known for his Umaga character), and then teaming as a superhero duo with The Hurricane, Shane Helms.

WWE posted an article on Tuesday morning expressing its condolences that included this statement from the Anoa'i family, a dynasty in wrestling whose family tree includes Rosey's younger brother, Roman Reigns; The Rock; Yokozuna; and many others:

"The Anoa’i family is mourning the loss of Sika's son, Matt aka Rosey, due to an untimely death. 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."

Helms, who co-hosts a podcast here at Fightful with Fightful.com Editor Sean Ross Sapp, posted the following:

 

My partner. My friend.

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Other reactions to Rosey's death came from various corners of the wrestling world.

Les Thatcher, who trained Rosey and Jamal at Heartland Wrestling Alliance in Ohio:

Anoa'i was 47 years old.