The former wrestler died at 54

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Taro Akebono, a legendary sumo wrestler who starred at WrestleMania, has died.
Akebono died of heart failure in early April, according to The New York Times.
Akebono, who was born in Hawaii, was the first foreign born sumo grand champion.
He reportedly retired in 2001 due to injury, and eventually transitioned to professional wrestling.
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He made his WWE appearance at WrestleMania 21, defeating Big Show in a sumo match.
Akebono, who was listed at 6-foot-8, 514 pounds, also had a run in mixed martial arts.
He competed in K-1 and fought against legendary fighters Royce Gracie and Don Frye.

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Taro Akebono, a renowned sumo wrestler who appeared on WrestleMania, has passed away.

His age was 54.

Early in April, Akebono passed away from heart failure, as reported by The New York Times. He is reportedly receiving care in a hospital in Tokyo, according to the paper.

The first foreign-born sumo grand champion was Akebono, a native of Hawaii. In 1993, the Times reported, he was crowned as the 64th Yokozuna in sumo. Eleven grand titles were won by him.

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Chadwick Haheo Rowan, better known as Akebono, started competing in sumo in 1988. After allegedly retiring from professional wrestling in 2001 owing to an injury, he eventually made the switch.

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Under the guidance of the renowned wrestler known as “The Great Muta,” he excelled in Japanese wrestling and won several titles. In a sumo match, he defeated Big Show to make his WWE debut at WrestleMania 21.

Akebono, who weighed 514 pounds and was listed at 6 feet 8 inches, also competed in mixed martial arts. In his K-1 career, he faced off against the likes of Don Frye and Royce Gracie. After three of his fights ended in submission, he lost all four of them.

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