UPDATE:Reports have confirmed that Fatu has passed away.
Edward Fatu, who wrestled in the WWE as the Umaga, the Samoan Bulldozer, unexpectedly fell seriously ill on Friday and is in the hospital.
His family was told to come into town as quickly as possible, reportsF4Wonline.com. Details are sketchy, but wikipedia.org (which is often suspect on breaking news) reports that Umaga suffered from a drug overdose. F4W online reports that Fatu’s wife found him not breathing with blood coming out of his nose and he was rushed to the hospital.
Fatu is part of a famous wrestling family. Duane, “The Rock” Johnson is his cousin, and his uncles are Afa and Sika, The Wild Samoans. His older brothers are The Tonga Kid and recent WWE star Rikishi.
Umaga first rose to fame in the WWE as one-half of a tag-team called “3-Minute Warning,” where the team would suddenly appear to attack other wrestlers after not-so-subtle references to “three minutes,” during WWE scripts. The team was the hired gun of then-WWE general manager Eric Bischoff.
The tag team lasted about one year, before the gimmick got old. But it was as the character Umaga, that Fatu enjoyed the most success.
He was repackaged as tattooed, crazed Somoan who spoke no English and finished opponents with a “Somoan Spike,” which was essentially a very fake-looking thumb to the throat to down opponents.
He won the Intercontintental title twice, and even co-headlined a Wrestlemania, when he fought Bobby Lashley. Umaga was backed by Vince McMahon, against Lashley, who has Donald Trump in his corner.
Umaga just finished a tour in Australia with Hulk Hogan’s new wrestling company, ‘Hulkamania.’
The details of Umaga’s condition are unknown, according to published reports.