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1980s wrestling legend charged with murder of his girlfriend

Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka
Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka

'Superfly' Jimmy Snuka has been charged with third-degree murder over the death of his girlfriend Nancy Argentino in 1983.

The death of Argentino has been the subject of many rumours over the years, with Snuka claiming that he found her 'gasping for air and oozing yellow fluid from her mouth and nose' in his hotel room after earlier slipping and banging her head on the road in May 1983.

However, investigations in the US by a newspaper in 2013 revealed that the official autopsy on Argentino's body in 1983 cited 'two dozen cuts and contusions' that could be a sign of 'mate abuse' and it recommended the case be investigated as a murder.

A grand jury was convened to look at the case last year and after taking into account statements that Snuka made on the night in question, including where he told various people at the scene that he had pushed Argentino and given her some 'light slaps' they formally recommended that he be charged with homicide.

"His assaultive acts and his failure to act to obtain medical attention resulted in her death," the grand jury wrote in their recommendation.

Snuka, now 72, faces charges of third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.

Currently recovering from stomach cancer, Snuka was bailed, in large part because of the seriousness of his illness.

If convicted he faces a sentence of between 20 and 40 years.

In the 1980s, Snuka was one of the stars of the then WWF, famed for his high-flying moves off the top rope.

Though effectively retired, he is still on the WWE 'Legends' roster.

In a statement the WWE said: “WWE expresses its continued sympathy to the Argentino family for their loss. Ultimately this legal matter will be decided by our judicial system.”