Matt Anoa’i, a former WWE werestler known in the ring as Rosey, passed away at the age of 47 on Monday. The WWE confirmed the news on Tuesday and the famed Anoa’i family released a statement on Rosey’s passing.
Rosey’s father, Sika, is a WWE Hall of Famer and his brother is current WWE Superstar Roman Reigns.
“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.”
Rosey’s time with the WWE gained attention when he joined Three Minute Warning with his cousin Eddie Fatu. He later teamed up with Shane Helms’ character The Hurricane before winning the WWE World Tag Team Championship in 2005.
Rosey last wrestled in the WWE in 2006, before making his way back to the independent scene.
No official cause of death was given, but Rosey was previously hospitalized in 2014 with heart issues.
Our deepest condolences go out to the Anoa’i family.