The WWE lost one of its stars. Hall of Famer Mr. Fuji sadly passed away on Aug. 28 at the age of 82. The wrestler-turned-manager spent 30 years in the business, and his death sparked a major response from WWE fans and wrestlers alike. See some of the sweet messages right here.
WWE broke the news that Mr. Fuji was dead on Aug. 28, but didn’t give any details about what happened. At 82 years old, it’s likely Mr. Fuji died of natural causes, yet that’s still unclear. It has been nearly 20 years since Mr. Fuji retired from the WWE in 1997, and almost 10 since his WWE Hall of Fame induction in 2007 — but that didn’t stop fans from feeling completely heartbroken after hearing of his passing.
“An unforgettable character in front of the camera and an even better one behind it. Rest in Peace, Mr. Fuji,” Triple H tweeted shortly after the sad news broke. “So sad to hear the passing of HOF member Mr. Fuji a true legend and friend to so many. King of the ribbers. So much fun to be with RIPFuji,” one fan wrote. See more tweets below:
An unforgettable character in front of the camera and an even better one behind it. Rest in Peace, Mr. Fuji. pic.twitter.com/NkpQE8pyAU
— Triple H (@TripleH) August 28, 2016
So sad to hear the passing of HOF member Mr. Fuji a true legend and friend to so many. King of the ribbers. So much fun to be with RIPFuji
— Gbrisco (@Fgbrisco) August 28, 2016
A Protagonist is defined by the threat & ability of his Antagonist. Mr. Fuji defined many a great Hero. Rest Well https://t.co/OfkAWJbj5W
— Joey Headrocker (@SamoaJoe) August 28, 2016
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) August 28, 2016
MR. FUJI ALWAYS READY FOR BEST PARTY. GOD BLESS HIM. #RIPMrFuji
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) August 28, 2016
RIP Mr. Fuji. I know my father loved him very much! A true legend!
— Curtis Axel (@RealCurtisAxel) August 28, 2016
Now God has someone to pull ribs. RIP MR. FUJI
— JakeSnakeDDT (@JakeSnakeDDT) August 28, 2016
I lost a very dear friend today with the passing of Mr. Fuji. RIP "Uncle Harry".
— Howard Finkel (@howardfinkel) August 28, 2016
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) August 28, 2016
RIP Mr Fuji. Saddened to hear about his passing, never had the chance to meet him, but heard many legendary stories. #legendsneverdie
— The Maharaja (@JinderMahal) August 28, 2016
Saddened to hear of Mr. Fuji's passing. He brought so many entertaining moments to the world of pro-wrestling. https://t.co/rJfsUZL4EC
— Nattie (@NatbyNature) August 28, 2016
Godspeed, Mr. Fuji. I was always entertained by your antics. Rest well, sir.
— Adam Pearce (@ScrapDaddyAP) August 28, 2016
RIP Mr. Fuji…I'll always remember him being the manager of Yokozuna & tossing salt into the eyes of opponents😂
— Joshua (@the_silentguy) August 29, 2016
Mr. Fuji, whose real name was Henry Fujiwara, became known for his in-ring performing antics that involved carrying small bags of salt in his pockets and throwing it in his opponents’ eyes. He was a five-time WWE World Tag Team Champion during his time as a wrestler, then later went on to manage some of the WWE’s biggest superstars including “Magnificent” Don Muraco, George “The Animal” Steele, Demolition, Yokozuna, and Killer Khan. The WWE even deemed him “one of the most entertaining performers” in the organization’s history! Clearly Mr. Fuji left quite the mark on the WWE, and he will surely be missed!
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