Antonio Inoki ushered in a new era of professional wrestling during the seventies by founding New Japan Pro Wrestling. Inoki had legendary feuds with Hulk Hogan, Vader. He paved the way for stars such as Tatsumi Fujinami and The Three Musketeers. Sadly, the puroresu legend is no more.

According to Yahoo Japan, Antonio Inoki passed away in his home on October 1st, Saturday, according to Japan time. Inoki was 79 years of age at the time of his death. The outlet didn’t reveal the cause of Inoki’s death. Check out the details below (translation courtesy of Google).

Former professional wrestler Antonio Inoki (real name Kanji Inoki), who served two terms as a member of the House of Councilors, died at his home on the 1st. he was 79 years old.

Antonio Inoki was recognized by his contributions to pro wrestling by WWE as well. The wrestling icon was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Stan Hansen in 2010.

RIP

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