WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley commented on Hayabusa’s passing in a recent Facebook post:
Pro wrestling lost another great with the death of Hayabusa (Eiji Ezaki) at age 47 from complications of a subarachnoid hemorrhage. I remember this gifted and Innovative high-flyer so well â€“ from the pages of Japanese wrestling magazines, where he would seemingly do the impossible on a regular basis. He work for ?#?FMW? in Japan, while I worked for ?#?IWAJapan?– so we were, in a sense, competitors â€“ but I had nothing but respect for him, and was pleased to meet him at the two #FMW events was part of – in 1996 and 1997. Hayabusa was paralyzed in 2001, following a springboard moonsault attempt, in which he slipped off the ropes, and landed on his head, cracking two vertebrae in his neck – never to wrestle again.
But, if in death, a man can inspire others in life, than truly that life has been one worth living. Please take a look at this video that captures his most remarkable moment â€“ in 2015, surrounded by his peers, fans, and loved ones, Hayabusa walks to the ring for the first time since his accident.