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KONISHIKI’s older brother dies

By Zach Arnold | November 25, 2008

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Anoaro Atisano’e, the older brother of Sumo star KONISHIKI, reportedly died Sunday at 9 AM in a Hawaiian hospital due to a heart attack. He was 51 years old. (Report by Sports Nippon.) The report claims that Anoaro had been on kidney dialysis.

Anoaro wrestled for New Japan Pro-Wrestling during the ‘showa era’ of the company, with his most high-profile match happening against Antonio Inoki in September of 1984 in Osaka (a ‘kakutougi’ fight). The storyline going into the fight involved using boxing technique learned from Guts Ishimatsu, but Inoki was able to win by pinning the giant (183 cm, 150 kg) with a back-drop in the 5th round of their fight.

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One Response to “KONISHIKI’s older brother dies”

  1. Chuck says:

    That’s a damn shame. RIP big man.

    On a much lighter note, what’s the over/under on Inoki giving the corpse of Anoaro a TOUKON SLAP at his funeral…


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