Edward Smith “Eddie/Eki” Fatu (March 28, 1973 – December 4, 2009) was a Samoan-American professional wrestler. He was best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment in the 2000s under the ring name Umaga.
He was a member of the Anoaʻi wrestling family and frequently worked as a part of a tag team – variously named The Island Boyz, the Samoan Gangstas, and 3-Minute Warning – with his cousin Matt Anoaʻi. During Fatu’s first stint with WWE, he was known as Jamal and Matt was billed as Rosey. In late 2005, Fatu returned to WWE. Repackaged under the ring name Umaga, Fatu went undefeated for many months on WWE’s Raw brand throughout much of 2006, before suffering his first defeat under the Umaga name in January 2007. The following month, he won the WWE Intercontinental Championship for the first time, and won it for the second time in July 2007.
Fatu was born on March 28, 1973 to Vera and Solofa Fatu, Sr. Fatu was a member of the famous Anoaʻi family. His mother, Vera, was the sister of Afa and Sika of The Wild Samoans. His two older brothers, Sam and Solofa, are also professional wrestlers, he was the uncle of The Usos and he was a cousin of Roman Reigns, Yokozuna and Rosey. On April 27, 2008, Fatu’s mother died after a seven-year battle with cancer.
Fatu was married, and had 4 children.
During the weekend of August 30, 2007, articles posted by Sports Illustrated, the New York Daily News, and The Washington Post named Fatu as one of a number of superstars to have purchased pharmaceuticals from an online pharmacy, a violation of the WWE “Talent Wellness” program. Fatu specifically was said to have received somatropin, a growth hormone, between July and December 2006, after the “No drugs from online sources” rule was instituted. In June 2009, Fatu violated the Wellness Policy, and due to his unwillingness to seek rehabilitation, he was released from his WWE contract.
Fatu’s nephews The Usos wear face paint similar to what he wore in WWE under the ringname Umaga.
On December 4, 2009, Fatu was found unresponsive with blood coming from his nose, and was rushed to the hospital. He had suffered a heart attack, and was pronounced dead around 5:00 pm Central Time. The official cause of death was acute toxicity due to combined effects of hydrocodone, carisoprodol, and diazepam. Fatu was 36 years old.