Former WWE Superstar Rosey, whose real name is Matt Anoa’i has passed away at 47 years of age according to various online reports including PWInsider. Friends and family of his have taken to social media to comment on his death, which apparently happened last night with early word is that it was heart failure.
The Anoa’i family issued a statement to WWE.com about his death:
“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.”
Matt was signed by WWE in 2002 as part of the Three Minute Warning tag team along with his cousin, the late Eddie Fatu, who later became known as Umaga. Later, he became Rosey – a “Superhero In Training” aligned with Hurricane Helms. It was a comedy gimmick that really got over with the crowd and he did a great job with it. He was released by WWE in 2006.
Matt was the older brother of current WWE superstar Roman Reigns, who is 15 years younger than him. Matt was the father of two sons and a daughter.
On behalf of everybody here at TJRWrestling, we send our condolences to Matt’s family, friends and fans around the world.
We will update this post when we learn more info and include some tweets from people in wrestling as well.
Just heard the horrible news of Matt Anoai passing
I've known him since original ECW Samoan Gangsta Party
Great human being
Sad day pic.twitter.com/57dY97VLbc
— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) April 18, 2017
2 friends…2 good brothers.
My deepest condolences to the entire Anoa'i family.
I loved these guys. pic.twitter.com/59xTvrtBwB
— Bully Ray (@bullyray5150) April 18, 2017
Godspeed, Matt Anoa'i. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Rest well, sir.
— Adam Pearce (@ScrapDaddyAP) April 18, 2017