Traffic cops & Fats relatives stopping mourners

The shop Fats makes a regular purchase and where his body was found this morning

The shop Fats makes a regular morning purchase and where his body was found in his car this morning

Lagi Keresoma and Alan Ah Mu

APIA: WEDNESDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2013: Relatives of Peter “Fats” Fatialofa have closed the door at Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital to shut out the media and public from view of the former Manu Samoa skipper’s body.

Back from the hospital after visiting his friend’s body, a red-eyed General Manager of Radio Polynesian Mapusua Corey Keil, declined to comment further on Fats’ passing this morning.

Fatialofa died of an apparent heart attack in his black Ford Explorer after stopping in front of T & N Toleafoa Supermarket on Fugalei Street around 7 o’clock this morning.

He was due to co-host with Mapusua a morning show at Radio Polynesia at 7am.

It’s understood he stopped at the supermarket, where he was known to staff, to make a purchase before heading to the radio station close by.

Earlier this morning Mapusua said they were going to talk about the Melbourne Cup which they’d watched last night on television.

Close to 7am is a busy time at that part of Fugalei Street because of parents dropping off children at St Mary’s Primary School across the road from T & N Toleafoa supermarket and petrol station.

Normally two Police officers are on duty to ensure children and their guardians cross safely to and from school in busy traffic.

But one of them left the school gate to move inland a little to the front of the supermarket where traffic was starting to build up, and chase motorists away.

“We are preparing a media release at the moment and out of respect to his (Fatialofa) family, we are ensuring that we capture all his achievements and highlights as a player and his current contribution to SRU,” said Chief Executive Officer of Samoa Rugby Football Union, Fred Amoa.