August 29, 2016 8:35 am

Mr. Fuji, WWE star, dies at 82 of unknown causes

Mr. Fuji in the ring during his time with World Wrestling Entertainment.

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Mr. Fuji, a former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star known for his trademark tactic of throwing salt in his opponents’ eyes, died on Sunday morning at home in Clarksville, Tenn. at the age of 82.

WWE says the former star wrestler and manager, whose real name was Harry Fujiwara, was in the ring for over 30 years.

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An obituary posted on WWE’s website doesn’t list a cause of death, and the WWE hasn’t responded to a request for comment from The Associated Press.

Organizations and people on Twitter were quick to offer condolences, including former wrestlers The Iron Sheik and Triple H.

Fujiwara starred as a tag-team champion in the ring before shifting into a bad-guy manager role in the 1980s.

“Magnificent” Don Muraco, Yokozuna and George “The Animal” Steele were among those he managed.

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With Muraco, Mr. Fuji created a series of episodes that aired on WWE programming, with names like Fuji Vice and Fuji General. The series spoofed popular TV shows like Miami Vice and General Hospital.

He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.

With files from The Associated Press

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