Tazuko Tada was best known for being the wife of Antonio Inoki, a Japanese professional wrestler, martial artist, and promoter of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts. She died back on August 27, 2019. She was the fourth wife f Inoki. On October 1, 2022, at age 79, Inoki died from systemic transthyretin amyloidosis.
Antonio Inoki Marriages
Inoki’s first marriage was to actress Mitsuko Baisho from 1971 to 1987, and they had a daughter, Hiroko Inoki. In 2014, Inoki took Haroon Abid, nephew of his Pakistani rival Zubair Jhara Pahalwan, under his guardianship.
Inoki operated a wrestling-themed restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo, named Antonio’s Inoki Sakaba Shinjuku. Inoki’s fourth wife, Tazuko Tada, died on August 27, 2019.
Antonio Inoki Death & Cause
In 2021, it was reported that spinal issues had confined Inoki to a wheelchair. He passed away on October 1, 2022, at age 79, in Tokyo, Japan. His cause of death was confirmed to be systemic transthyretin amyloidosis, also known as senile systemic amyloidosis (SSA) and ATTR, as per The National Library of Medicine. The disease typically affects the heart and tendons of elderly people. It is caused by the accumulation of a wild-type (that is to say, a normal) protein called transthyretin.
In 1990, Inoki converted to Shia Islam during a pilgrimage to Karbala, the Shiite holy city in Iraq. He was in Iraq negotiating for the release of several Japanese hostages. While in Iraq, he adopted the Islamic moniker Muhammad Hussain Inoki but later reportedly described himself as both a Muslim convert and a Buddhist. In 2014, Inoki said he was “usually a Buddhist”.
He was born on February 20, 1943, in Yokohama, Japan.
“Godspeed, Antonio Inoki. Among his myriad contributions to our industry, his expansion of the dojo system to the US made it possible for a hack like me to have experiences I’d never have otherwise dreamed of. Forever grateful. Rest well, sir,” Adam Pearce wrote in a tribute.