Jimmy Snuka, known for wrestling in the ’70s and ’80s for ECW, WWF, and WWE, has been charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter tied to the 1983 death of his girlfriend, the Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, district attorney’s office announced Tuesday.
Snuka, 72, turned himself in earlier Tuesday to the Lehigh County Central Booking on a $100,000 bail. Snuka also handed over his passport to authorities.
Police were called May 10, 1983 to a hotel where Snuka and two other wrestlers were with an unresponsive Nancy Argentino, Snuka’s 23-year-old girlfriend, according a statement from the district attorney’s office. She was taken to the hospital and died the following day.
At the time, Snuka told medical personnel “that he struck her, and that she fell and hit her head,” but gave varying accounts, according to the district attorney’s press statement. A renewed investigation began in 2013 after Argentino’s sisters contacted district attorney James B. Martin.
In July, a grand jury recommended Snuka face charges for allegedly assaulting Argentino and allowing her “to lie in their bed … without obtaining the necessary medical attention.” The jury ruled that “his assaultive acts and his failure to act to obtain medical attention resulted in her death.”
Snuka’s family announced last month that he has been diagnosed with stomach cancer. Recently, he has worked with WWE Legends and has occasionally wrestled.
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