6 Nov 2013

Samoa mourns loss of former Manu Samoa skipper

9:31 am on 6 November 2013

Former Manu Samoa skipper, Papali'itele Peter Fatialofa, better known as Peter Fats, has died.

He was 54.

Local radio station, Talofa FM, reports that people found Papali'itele in his car in front of a local market at Fugalei after 7 this morning.

Some witnesses told the station they saw him drive his car into the market but he parked the vehicle and sat inside for minutes which have prompted some people to check if he was ok.

Our correspondent says an ambulance took Papali'itele to the national hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia says the news has left people in Samoa lost for words.

"I know the whole country is mourning following the news of the death of a well known son of Samoa. He did a lot, not only for the Manu Samoa team but for the development of the sports in the country, and to put Samoa on the map."

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia.

Papali'itele played 34 times for Samoa and led them to the 1991 World Cup.

He played 72 times for Auckland and was a part of their Ranfurly Shield reign from 1985 to 1993.