Umaga Death Highlights Health Risks For Athletes

The death of Edward "Umaga" Fatu highlights health risks faced by athletes. Umaga, a WWE wrestler died at the young age of 36 on December 4, 2009 from a heart attack
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Dec. 5, 2009 - PRLog -- The death of WWE wrestler Umaga highlights a growing body of evidence that large athletes are at risk for heart disease. The wrestler, whose real name is Edward Fatu, died at the young age of 36 from a second heart attack on December 5, 2009. Umaga was suspended in 2007 because of steroid use, adding to the potential health risks he may have been facing.

The death of WWE wrestler Edward “Umaga” Fatu is untimely. The wrestler was found dead in his apartment and rushed to the hospital where he was placed on life support. Several hours later Umaga died, following what is said to be a “difficult” decision to remove breathing apparatus by his wife.

“We would like to express its deepest condolences to Mr. Fatu’s family, friends, and fans on his tragic passing. Mr. Fatu was contract with WWE at various time periods, and most recently performed under the name “Umaga. Mr. Fatu’s contract was terminated on June 11, 2009.” The death of Umaga was untimely – he was only 36 years old.

Edward “Umaga” Fatu weighed 350 pounds. A recent study revealed that large athletes are at high risk for heart disease, despite vigorous workouts and high activity levels. Umaga’s untimely death highlights the health risks to large athletes. Umaga was active in the ring, and wrestled in 2009.

This year has seen a number of celebrity deaths.  Edward Fatu, aka, Umaga was also known as the “Samoan Bulldozer”, and was a favorite for many WWE fans. The death of Edward Fatu, “Umaga” places a focus on the price paid by professional athletes.

The WWE suspended 10 athletes August 30, 2007 for steroid use. Umaga was one of the athletes suspended.  Steroids can have long-term ill health effects, even after they are discontinued. The WWE also lost Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero and Brian Adams.  Edward Fatu died December 4 from a heart attack.

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