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WWE fans mourn the death of Matt "Rosey" Anoa'i

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Pensacola and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) are mourning the death of Matt Anoa’i.

Anoa’i, known as Rosey, debuted in the WWE back in 2002 as part of a 3-minute warning alongside his cousin.

Before the WWE, Rosey played football at Escambia High School in the mid-80’s where he blocked for Emmitt Smith. After graduating from Escambia High, he went on to the University of Hawaii where he received a football scholarship.

He also played for the Pensacola Barracuda’s Arena-2 football team.

He comes from Pensacola’s wrestling royalty, the Anoa’i family. The family released a statement on WWE:

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."

No information has been released on his untimely death. Anoa'i lived in Cincinnati where he owned a Samoan restaurant.

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