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Cold Case: Death Of Pro Wrestler’s Girlfriend Investigated After 30 Years

by Chuck Carroll
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Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka in action at WrestleMania in 2009. (credit: Bill Olive/Getty Images)

Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka in action at WrestleMania in 2009. (credit: Bill Olive/Getty Images)

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Authorities are again probing the 1983 death of a 23-year-old woman who was linked to one of the biggest names in the history of professional wrestling.

Lehigh County, Penn. District Attorney James Martin has order three decades of evidence in Nancy L. Argentino’s death be presented to a grand jury.

Argentino was dating and traveling with World Wrestling Entertainment legend Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka when she died.

On May 10, 1983 she was rushed from Snuka’s hotel room to a local hospital where she later succumbed to traumatic brain injuries, according to the Morning Call.

Snuka, who was married at the time, reportedly told at least five people that Argentino fell and hit her head when he shoved her. The WWE Hall of Famer later told police that the people misunderstood and Argentino had slipped and hit her head when the pair stopped to use the restroom, according to the report.

Although he was never criminally charged, a judge awarded a $500,000 judgement to the Argentinos after the family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Snuka in 1985. The wrestler stated he did not have the means to pay the money at the time and reportedly has never paid down the judgement.

The case was thrust back into the spotlight after The Morning Call recently obtained a never before seen autopsy report in which the coroner ruled the woman’s death a homicide. The report documented multiple cuts and bruises on her head, ear, chin, hands, back, buttocks and legs. The report also said the injuries were consistent with possible “mate abuse.”

After learning of the report, Argentino’s family urged Martin to reexamine the criminal case.

In a statement released Tuesday by the District Attorney’s office, Martin said Argentino died “under unusual circumstances.”

Snuka was not mentioned in the release.

The case was never officially closed, but had remained largely inactive for three decades.

Snuka, now 70, is retired from professional wrestling. His daughter Tamina currently wrestles for WWE.

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