ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Former professional wrestling star Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka has been charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend in eastern Pennsylvania more than three decades ago.
Prosecutors on Tuesday announced the results of a grand jury investigation of Snuka in the death of 23-year-old Nancy Argentino of Brooklyn, New York.
Argentino was pronounced dead after authorities were called to a hotel room near Allentown in May 1983.
Seventy-two-year-old Snuka, now living in Waterford Township, New Jersey, wrote in his 2012 autobiography that he was innocent in her death, which he said ruined his life.
An autopsy determined she died of traumatic brain injuries and had more than two dozen cuts and bruises, and said her injuries were consistent with being hit with a stationary object.
At the time, forensic pathologist Isidore Mihalakis wrote that the case should be investigated as a homicide until proven otherwise, the newspaper reported.
According to Jimmy, he said he never hit or threatened her.
Court records indicate that Snuka was arraigned Tuesday afternoon and sent to Lehigh County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Nicknamed “Superfly,” the Fiji native was known for diving from the ropes and even the top of steel cages in a career that spanned four decades.
He was admitted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame in 1996, according to the organization’s website.