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Wrestling World Mourns As WWE Legend Dies At 82

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Harry Fujiwara, known to fans as the villainous Mr Fuji, passed away on Sunday morning.

A former tag team champion, he was perhaps best known for managing a string of high-profile stars.

Yokozuna, Owen Hart, ‘The British Bulldog’ Davey Boy Smith and Randy Orton’s dad, Bob Orton, were among his charges.

Managing ‘Magnificent’ Don Muraco, he would shoot a series of TV spoofs including Fuji Vice, Fuji Bandito and Fuji Chan.

In a statement on its website honouring the Japanese-American performer, WWE hailed the series as being "ahead of its time".

"Spoofing successful television shows as they tried to break into Hollywood was the epitome of sports-entertainment," it said.

Fujiwara, who retired in 1996, was known for stashing small bags of salt which he would throw into his opponent’s eyes.

He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007 by Don Muraco, and was in a wheelchair for the ceremony.

WWE’s online statement continued: "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."

The firm’s chairman, Triple H, said Mr Fuji was: “An unforgettable character in front of the camera and an even better one behind it.”

WWE legend Mick Foley wrote on Twitter: “Very sorry to hear about the passing of Hall of Famer Mr Fuji. Honor him by watching #FujiVice in his memory.”

Iconic commentator Jim Ross hailed Mr Fuji as “amazing” and “funny” man, who was able to take a hit and had a knack for practical jokes.

And fellow Hall of Famer The Iron Sheik said that Fujiwara was “always ready” for a party, adding “god bless him”.

Mr Fuji died at home in the US city of Clarksville, Tennessee. No cause of death is yet known.


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