A grand jury in Pennsylvania will investigate the 1983 death of Nancy L. Argentino, the former girlfriend of WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka. The news comes less than three weeks after the release of an autopsy report and police interviews that had never been seen by the public.
District Attorney Jim Martin said Tuesday, “I think it’s important to have a grand jury take a look at it and we’ll see what they think.”
Argentino was rushed out of Snuka’s George Washington Motor Lodge motel room on May 10, 1983. Snuka, a married man, had returned from a WWF TV taping at the Allentown Fairgrounds to find Argentino “gasping for air and oozing yellow fluid from her mouth and nose.” She was declared dead hours later at Lehigh Valley Hospital.
According to the recently released autopsy report, the 23 year old Brooklyn, N.Y. native died of “traumatic brain injuries consistent with a moving head striking a stationary object.”
She also suffered more than two dozen cuts and bruises on on her head, ear, chin, arms, hands, back, buttocks, legs and feet.
Forensic pathologist Isidore Mihalakis wrote at the time of the case that it should be investigated as a homicide until proved otherwise, according to records first made public by the Call last year.
Snuka originally told at least five people (including the responding police officer) he shoved Argentino, causing her to fall and hit her head.
He later told police he was misunderstood – and Argentino slipped and hit her head when they stopped along the highway to go to the bathroom.
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