Emily Dole, also known as Mount Fiji, and one of the original cast members of Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling (GLOW) has passed away today at the age of sixty. David Marquez, who has worked with all the major wrestling productions, was one of the first to offer his condolences via his Twitter account.
— David Marquez (@CWFHMarquez) January 3, 2018
A cause of death has yet to be announced but it had been reported that she was in poor health the last few years and receiving constant care at a nursing home.
Born on September 28, 1957, she was part of a large Samoan family. Before wrestling, she competed in track and field and did exceptionally well in the shot put, going as far as the Olympic trials on two separate occasions.
After attending the GLOW tryouts, she was one of twelve women selected for the show and enjoyed a four-year career. During this time, Mount Fiji feuded with Matilda the Hun and Big Bad Mama and was given a storyline little sister named Little Fiji.
Her experience on GLOW led to a few roles in television and film appearing in Mama’s Family, Hard Time on Planet Earth and the Pauly Shore film Son In Law.
On February 11, 1989, Sheriff’s deputies raided her father’s home, which at the time was hosting a bridal shower. Neighbours videotaped the raid which resulted in the arrest of thirty-four of her family members including herself. Police were filming assaulting her even though she was not resisting and continuing to beat her while she was on the ground. In 1995, the family was awarded $23 million as a result of the police action.
She most recently appeared in the 2012 Netflix documentary, GLOW: The Story of The Glorious Ladies of Wrestling.
The Last Word on Pro Wrestling staff offers our sincerest condolences to the entire Dole and GLOW family at this time.