Wrestling legend Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka charged in 1983 murder of Brooklyn girlfriend

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. — A former professional wrestling star 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 Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, 72, in the death of 23-year-old Nancy Argentino of Brooklyn, New York.

Snuka had been at the Allentown Fairgrounds taping a wrestling segment when he returned to the motel room in Whitehall Township. Records show when he arrived, Argentino was gasping for air and had yellow fluid oozing from her mouth and nose.

She was pronounced dead the next day.

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. He said he never hit or threatened her.

In a 2013 interview on the Opie and Anthony radio talk show, Snuka was asked if he was ever a suspect in Argentino's death.

"Well they were asking me questions and stuff like that you know, and I told them the truth," Snuka said.

The Morning Call reached out to Argentino's sister Louise Argentino-Upham who said the charges were a relief.

"I think that it's been a long road," Argentino-Upham told the Morning Call. "They did the right thing in the face of the evidence."

Court records indicate that Snuka was arraigned Tuesday afternoon and sent to Lehigh County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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