It is with great sadness that we report that WWE Hall of Famer and long time manager Mr. Fuji has passed away. His real name was Harri Fujiwara. He was 82 years old.
The story was first reported by WWE.com. This is what they shared.
WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Harry Fujiwara, known to WWE fans as Mr. Fuji, passed away this morning at the age of 82.
Fuji spent over 30 years entertaining fans worldwide as both an in-ring competitor and one of WWE’s greatest managers. A five-time WWE World Tag Team Champion, Fuji was infamous for keeping small bags of salt in his tights which he would throw into his opponents’ eyes.
After retiring from the ring, Fuji managed a litany of WWE’s most feared Superstars, such as George “The Animal” Steele, Kamala, Killer Khan, Demolition, The Powers of Pain, Yokozuna and most notably, “Magnificent” Don Muraco.
With Muraco, Fuji treated WWE fans to the classic Fuji Vice, Fuji General, Fuji Bandito and Fuji Chan series. These series were ahead of their time because spoofing successful television shows as they tried to break into Hollywood was the epitome of sports-entertainment.
His career will be remembered by different generations for different reasons but Mr. Fuji, whether as a Superstar or manager, is one of the most entertaining performers in the history of WWE.
WWE extends its condolences to Fujiwara’s family, friends and fans.
I grew up watching the WWF as a kid with Fuji featured prominently as a manager. I remember him wrestling once in a while in the 1980s, but at that point he was older. His most notable managerial role was with Yokozuna, who was quickly pushed upon his debut and became a WWE Champion in 1993.
I’ll always remember Fuji’s heel work, his sneaky laugh and of course the dreaded “Fuji Dust” that he would throw in the eyes of wrestlers to help his wrestler win matches.
On behalf of everybody here at TJRWrestling, we send our condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.