Former professional wrestler Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka passed away Sunday, it’s been announced. He was 73.
Attorney Robert Kirwan II told ESPN Snuka died “due to complications from his ongoing medical problems” but did not elaborate. Snuka was known to be receiving care for ongoing dementia and infection.
The sad news of Snuka’s passing comes just weeks after Murder charges against him – relating to the death of former girlfriend Nancy Argentino in 1983 – were dismissed by a judge who deemed the retired WWE superstar incompetent to stand trial.
Snuka’s wrestling career dates back as far as the 70s, and his iconic 1983 jump from the top of a steel cage at Madison Square Garden is still considered by many as one of pro-wrestling’s greatest moments.
Snuka had numerous runs with WWF, now WWE, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996. Superfly made his final appearance with the company at Wrestlemania 25 in 2009, joining Roddy Piper & Ricky Steamboat, the legends faced Chris Jericho in a 3-on-1 handicap match.