WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka (real name: James Wiley Reiher), is battling stomach cancer.
During a video interview with wrestling reporter Bill Apter, Jimmy’s wife, Carole Snuka, disclosed that “Superfly” recently had an operation that took out part of his stomach and lymph nodes. You can watch a Youtube video of the interview, originally posted on YouTube, below.
“The doctors said he did very well. They’re very happy with the outcome. He still has a long road ahead of him, and the doctor says he’s an amazingly strong man. We all know how strong Jimmy is, and Jimmy can take a beating…. He also wants to let his fans know that he’s not done yet.”
This isn’t the 1st major health issueSnuka has faced: in 2011, the then-68-year-old high flying wrestler underwent ankle surgery, and fans came together assisted in paying the $24,000 cost of that operation. Prior to the surgery, Snuka was barely able to walk as his ankle joints had endured decades of punishment in the ring.
IAs has been the case for a lot of onetime professional wrestlers, life outside the ring hasn’t been kind to Jimmy Snuka. His body is in shambles due to decades of punishing abuse in the ring, and he has battled with drug and alcoholism.
Nonetheless, the Snuka family name lives on in professional wrestling: Jimmy Snuka’s daughter, Tamina, currently competes in the WWE Divas Division.