Edward Fatu, 36, is hospitalized in Houston and in what was described as life threatening condition by a long-time friend.
His family was told to come into town as quickly as possible. Family members have been told they believe he suffered a heart attack.
Details are sketchy at this point but he apparently fell asleep last night while watching television, and several hours later, his wife found him not breathing with blood coming out of his nose and he was rushed to the hospital.
Fatu, who lives in nearby Spring, TX, wrestled under a number of names including Ekmo, Jamal and most notably Umaga. He had just returned a few days ago from the Hulk Hogan tour of Australia.
He was released by WWE in June after failing a drug test and refusing the company's wishes to send him to rehab.