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FOR THE RECORD
September 19, 2011
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September 19, 2011

For The Record

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At age 71, Shigeri Akabane (left), better known as the midget wrestler Little Tokyo, following a battle with leukemia and, on Sept. 6, a heart attack. The 4-foot, 98-pound Akabane grew up in Tokyo's Nerima district, where he excelled at judo. He struck up a friendship with British midget wrestler Lord Littlebrook, and in 1986 the two joined the gigantic King Kong Bundy for a tag-team match at WrestleMania IIIā€”the trio lost to Hillbilly Jim and another pair of midget wrestlers: the Haiti Kid and Little Beaver. "Midget don't need gimmick," Akabane once said. "Midget is gimmick." He retired in the late 1990s to St. Joseph, Mo.

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