The world of professional wrestling felt its first real loss of 2017 when Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka passed away on January 15th at the age of 73. Snuka made his mark in professional wrestling in the 1970s and introduced the high-flying style of wrestling that has become a flashy trademark of many wrestlers in the WWE today. Throughout his career, he became known for developing a number of signature moves including the diving headbutt, the backbreaker and arguably his most famous -- the Superfly Splash.

Even in his older age, Snuka continued to work with the WWE up until late last year when he was forced to quit because of health issues. In December 2016, fans learned that Snuka's health had gotten worse when his lawyer announced he only had six months to live and was in a Florida hospice. At the time he was under investigation for the 1983 death of his girlfriend, Nancy Argentino, but was declared mentally unfit to stand trial in June of 2016.


While Snuka's life outside the ring may have been wrought with controversy, he will always be remembered by fans for not only his showmanship in the ring, but ushering in the next generation with his daughter -- WWE Diva Tamina Snuka.

It was Tamina who announced her father's passing on her Instagram and Twitter.

Below is the 101 on Jimmy Snuka's loving daughter Tamina Snuka:

Tamina was born Sarona Snuka in January of 1978 in Vancouver. It was when she entered the world of professional wrestling in 2009 that she would adopt the ring name of Tamina. The first recipient of the Lia Maivia scholarship, she would learn the ropes of wrestling while training at Wild Samoan Training Center in Florida.


Currently, she is a member of the female wrestling group Team B.A.D., a villainous tag team group composed of herself and wrestlers Naomi and Sasha Banks. It was with Team B.A.D. that Tamina had one of her most-watched matches against the Bella Twins in 2015.

In addition to following her father's footsteps by entering the world of professional wrestling she's adopted his most famous move, the Superfly Splash.

She has been married once, but has been divorced from her ex-husband Brandon Polamalu since 2003 and is currently single with two daughters.


In 2014 she made her film debut with a small cameo in fellow wrestler Dwayne Johnson's action film Hercules.

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Sources: Wikipedia