It’s been a difficult time for the Anoa’i family as of late.
Last week (April 18, 2017) news broke that former WWE Superstar Rosey (real name Matt Anoa’i) suddenly passed away. The official cause of death has yet to be released, however, it should be noted that Rosey was hospitalized for congestive heart failure back in 2014.
Rosey is a member of the legendary Anoa’i family that has produced stars such as The Rock, Roman Reigns, Umaga, Rikishi, and so many more. Matt was the older brother of current WWE mega-star Roman Reigns, and the son of WWE Hall Of Famer Sika. He was just 47 years of age at the time of his untimely death.
WWE Hall Of Famer Rikishi took to Instagram to post a couple of photos from Matt’s funeral service which took place yesterday (Sat. April 23, 2017). One of the photos features Roman Reigns, who was recently written off WWE TV after an incident with Braun Strowman, wearing a suit and sunglasses alongside his family members to mourn the loss of his brother.
Another photo features Rikishi taking a family selfie with a large group of the Anoa’i litter, as well as a video of a song playing while a pamphlet from Matt’s funeral service is being held up. You can check them out here below:
Matt made his WWE debut back in 2002 alongside his cousin Jamal (who has also since passed away) as the Tag Team duo of 3-Minute Warning. The pair were quite the duo during their run in the RAW Tag Team division but eventually split up. Soon after, however, Matt transformed into ‘Rosey’ where he teamed up with The Hurricane to form a dynamic Superhero Tag Team, eventually going on to capture the WWE World Tag Team Titles.
In case you missed it the Anoa’i family released the following statement upon news of Matt’s passing:
“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.”
Our condolences to out to the Anoa’i family during this difficult time.