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NJPW Issues Statement On The Passing Of Yutaka Yoshie

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New Japan Pro Wrestling has issued a statement to pay tribute to Yutaka Yoshie after the Japanese veteran wrestler passed away on Sunday.

As we previously reported here on eWn, Yoshie passed away on Sunday at the age of 50 after falling ill following a match for AJPW.

You can check out the official statement below:

In Memoriam: Yutaka Yoshie (1974-2024)
New Japan Pro-Wrestling is deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Yutaka Yoshie backstage after an All Japan Pro-Wrestling event on March 10. He was 50.

From Maebashi in Gunma, Yoshie trained in the famed Animal Hamaguchi gym before entering the NJPW debut in February 1994 and debuting opposite Satoshi Kojima in Tokushima December 9 that year.

On his return from international excursion, he would join Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi and Masakazu Fukuda in the G-EGGS stable. In June 2003, Yoshie teamed with Hiroshi Tanahashi to win the IWGP Tag team Championships.

Leaving NJPW in January 2006, Yoshie wrestled in All Japan, Zero1-MAX (where he and former NJPW World English broadcaster Steve Corino won tag gold) DRAGONGATE and more. In 2006, he joined Tatsumi Fujinami’s Muga World Wrestling (Dradition) promotion before again wrestling as a freelancer from 2009 until his passing. In 2015 he and Akebono became AJPW’s 69th World Tag Team Champions.

At 180 cm and 160kg, Yoshie was a true gentle giant whose bright disposition, contrasted with powerful in-ring offense made him a popular figure wherever he went.

The deepest sympathies of all at New Japan Pro-Wrestling go to Yoshie’s family, friends and fans.

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