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Sumo wrestling legend Akebono is d3ad

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Sumo wrestling legend Akebono is d3ad

Hawaii-born Akebono Taro, one of the greats of sumo wrestling and a former grand champion, has d!ed. He was 54

Sumo wrestling legend Akebono is d3ad
Sumo wrestling legend Akebono is d3ad

He was the first foreign-born wrestler to reach the level of “yokozuna” — or grand champion — in Japan.

“It is with sadness that we announce Akebono Taro died of heart failure earlier this month while receiving care at a hospital in the Tokyo area,” the family said in a statement.

His wife Christine Rowan, in an email to The Associated Press, said he died “within the past week” but declined to give details.

“I had to tend to personal matters that needed to be done prior to publicly announcing my husband’s death,” she said.

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