WWE Hall of Famer Mr. Fuji Dead at 82
Sad news in the world of pro wrestling: WWE Hall of Famer Mr. Fuji, born Harry Fujiwara, died Sunday morning at the age of 82.
WWE confirmed the story and offered their condolences, although the press release did not disclose a cause of death.
Over a career spanning three decades, Fuji held the WWE World Tag Team Championship on five different occasions, with partners Professor Tanaka and Mr. Saito. Fuji would go on to manage several champions following his retirement from in-ring competition, including tag team champions Demolition, and WWE World Champion Yokozuna. His partnership with “Magnificent” Don Muraco led to some of his most memorable moments, particularly the awesome Fuji Vice comedy sketches, and spinoffs such as Fuji General, Fuji Bandito and Fuji Chan. Mr. Fuji was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.
Mr. Fuji is definitely going to be missed. He was a big part of my childhood, and one of those heels I just loved to boo, especially when he was interfering in the matches of guys I liked (such as Lex Luger, Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan). I’m glad he got to live to see himself honored in the Hall of Fame, because he was one of WWE’s most memorable figures from the 80s and early 90s, in my opinion. My condolences go out to Mr. Fuji’s family and friends during this time.