WWE Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka has been charged with third degree murder and involuntary manslaughter over the death of his former girlfriend 32 years later.
The 72-year-old was arrested on Tuesday as a Lehigh County grand jury determined he repeatedly assaulted Nancy Argentino in an Allentown, Pennsylvania motel in 1983.
WWE issued a statement following the news saying:
“WWE expresses its continued sympathy to the Argentino family for their loss. Ultimately, this legal matter will be decided by our judicial system.”
“Superfly” was the primary ‘person of interest’ in the original investigation, but was not charged at the time of Argentino’s death. Eventually, the case was put on hold and was reopened following a 2013 story by the Morning Call which revealed an unseen autopsy report which labelled the mysterious case a homicide.
At a press conference, the newspaper reveals that District Attorney Jim Martin announced the charges against the legendary wrestler, who was originally reported to have returned to the motel room to find his girlfriend “gasping for air and oozing yellow fluid from her mouth and nose,”according to Mirror.
In addition, the autopsy determined that Argentino died of traumatic injuries, including suffering many cuts and bruises consistent with being hit with a stationary object.
Back in 1983, during several interviews–Snuka explained he had shoved Argentino earlier that day, which led to her hitting her head. The wrestler, then, changed this statement and claimed she slipped and hit her head at the side of the road when they stopped to urinate.
Snuka did an autobiography in 2012 where he discussed the death of his then-girlfriend.
In the autobiography, Superfly: The Jimmy Snuka story, Snuka stated, “Many terrible things have been written about me hurting Nancy and being responsible for her death, but they are not true. I didn’t hurt Nancy.”
Argentino’s family won a wrongful death case against Snuka in 1985. Although, the wrestler never paid the $500,000.
Lorraine Salome, Argentino’s older sister, after charging Snuka stated:
“We thought they were giving us lip service. Even when they brought the grand jury, we didn’t have much hope. We still thought they were giving us the runaround. But the grand jury really did its job and we’re grateful. The doors of justice were slammed in our face 30 years ago, but better late than never, we have a chance of getting justice.”
Salome admitted she told her mother of Snuka’s charged and that the family had been hiding the news from her because of her age and poor health.
“She was very happy,” said Salome. “That poor woman has been broken. She’s still so sad. She has all of Nancy’s pictures and things that she keeps around her.”
The wife of Snuka explained that the 72-year-old had been diagnosed with stomach cancer, which led to him having surgery to remove part of his stomach, his lymph modes and all apparent cancer, according to Mirror.
32 years later and justice is served.
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