It was a very sad moment in my family this morning when I received news that we lost Luna Vachon, who I referred to as "My Angel". I remember when she was just in a young girl at 13, traveling with her family. She was good friends with my kids, they all grew up on the road together. We shared so many good times, and I was so proud of her and her career and accomplishments in this business. We remained close for over three decades, and she was very important in my life as well as in my family's life. She always referred to me as "Papa Samoa", and I was proud to call her my "daughter". Whenever she had problems or would get in trouble, she would always call me to alert me before it hit the Internet. One of the times that I can remember with a smile is when she beat up the tour leader in the Bahamas, and at 2:30 a.m. my phone rang and the first thing she said was "I'm sorry Papa, but...I did something you're not going to like." When I asked what she did, she replied "I beat somebody up. Well I AM part Samoan!" and laughed.
I'm one of the very few people who she listened to, which is why she called me when she'd get in trouble. Although she went through a hard life, she was always able to pull herself together. When things started to fall apart, she would always have me to call on.
My love and prayers go out to Luna's mother and the entire Vachon family, her sons, the wrestling world, and everyone who knew and loved Luna. I will personally miss her, and am so sad that she has left us so soon. But like all the others, I know she has a place up in Heaven.
Have a safe trip, my daughter...
Afa the Wild Samoan