WWE legend Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka is being charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter for the 1983 death of his girlfriend, Nancy Argentino. Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, authorities announced the charges at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.
Snuka, 72, was arrested Tuesday morning at his New Jersey home and placed in jail under $100,000 bail. The death occurred more than 32 years ago, but the case was reopened last year after the Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania, conducted an investigation, revealing an autopsy that had never been seen.
Snuka was one of the biggest stars in the WWE when Argentino died in May 1983. He reportedly found Argentino dying in his motel room after he returned from a wrestling event at the Allentown Fairgrounds. Snuka was never charged, though an autopsy determined that she died because of brain injuries and showed possible signs of “mate abuse.”
Snuka was known for his high-flying style in the ring, and he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996. His daughter currently wrestles under the name Tamina Snuka for WWE.