Former wrestler Jimmy Snuka was arrested on September 1 for alleged involuntary manslaughter and third-degree murder.
The 72-year-old was taken into custody from his New Jersey home, with Lehigh County Police stating that “Superfly” killed his girlfriend in Allentown in 1983. Nancy Argentino, who was only 23 at the time of her murder, was reportedly killed by Snuka after a fight at a motel.
According to documents obtained, coroners had previously ruled her death as a homicide—her brain injuries were consistent with those received when a moving head strikes a stationery object, such as someone falling and hitting their head on something.
Snuka, who is the only suspect in this case, claimed that Argentino injured her head after he shoved her while they were “fooling around” outside a motel room on May 10, 1983. He also added that when he returned from a wrestling event at Allentown Fairgrounds, he found her struggling to breathe. That’s when Argentino allegedly passed away.
However, the retired wrestler was not charged at the time, and the case was abandoned by officials soon after. That is, until last year when Argentino’s family put pressure on them to reopen the investigation.
Just hours after his arrest, Snuka posted a $100,000 bail.
This legal trouble comes barely weeks after the former athlete announced his battle with stomach cancer. Snuka also recently underwent surgery to remove the tumor and was discharged from the hospital about a month ago. He is scheduled to stand for his preliminary hearing on September 21.
“Wrestling Icon Jimmy Snuka Charged With Murder In 32-Year-old Case,” ContactMusic.com, September 1, 2015.