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Akebono dead at 54

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It’s all over the Japanese media now. 
I loved watching him in the 90s!  He and his rivals helped me get into the sport!

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For many years it felt like this was imminent. Still, it jolted me to see the news.

Akebono is my favourite yokozuna. Such a presence on the dohyo, with the best yokozuna entrance I've seen (those eyes!). Watching him blast people out with 1 or 2 pushes helped stimulate my interest in sumo, as did learning about his rivalries with the Hanada brothers. RIP Chad, you made a huge mark! 

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Was Yokozuna at first basho I ever attended in Ryogoku. Along with Musashimaru he jump-started my interest in sumo and that time remains my favorite sumo era.

R.I.P. 

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That's incredibly sad, to pass away at only 54. He was active before I started watching sumo, but I've still seen a lot of his bouts on Youtube and he was truly a magnificent wrestler in a magnificent era.

I was still really holding out hope that he'd be able to somehow recover from landing in a wheelchair through physical therapy, but it wasn't to be.

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Kyodo - silent and only Japanese subs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhAm_ykljW0

ANN/Abema: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0R9JocbPT0 - longer and with a digest of his sumo career https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1Tx4y1e7Zh/

The CEO of RIZIN started his press conference today with this very sad news - he's proud and thankful that Akebono agreed to fight for the start of RIZIN at the end of the year 2015 under shootboxing rules against Bob Sapp. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wQceCABIEw

- looks like there are more pics from his MMA/pro wrestling time than for sumo in the news so far

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Akebono was my favourite rikishi when he was active. I was thrilled that he was able to win a final yusho in his last active basho.

I fondly remember meeting his mom at her little shop in Hawaii where I bought loads of Akebono memorabilia. She threw in some stickers and fridge magnets that I see every day in my home. I proudly wear a t-shirt with his yokozuna silhouette and the words "Hawaii's Rising Sun" every now and again.

Very sad news of his death, though not unexpected after his long health woes.

Mahalo Akebono.

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Fighter to the end :-(

As good a time as any to repost this wonderful talk he gave

 

 

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Rest in peace big man. 

Way too young. 

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May he rest in peace.

I remember from when I first encountered Sumo back on Eurosport.

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Oh man, that sucks. RIP.

Good time to revisit his dohyo-iri at Nagano in 98'. Whatever the circumstances (I read Takanohana was ill at the time?), it's so cool that he was afforded the honor as the first foreign-born Yokozuna.

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I've been wearing this on a silver neklace for the last 15 years

I guess i will not wear it any longer

 

Akebono.jpg

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I knew he'd been ill for several years, but this is way too soon. 

RIP yokozuna.

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Rest in Peace Chad!

Aloha Hefe

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He's been very sick for a long time. This is a release. No more pain for you, big man.

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