Family friend Dawn Marie Psaltis said Fatu was found unresponsive at home by his family and never regained consciousness. She said doctors indicated that he died of a heart attack.
The Wrestlers Rescue advocacy group said Fatu was born in American Samoa and was part of a wrestling family that included cousin Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson. Fatu had two uncles who wrestled in the 1980s as the Wild Samoans. He was released in June by WWE.