Wrestler Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka Dies at 73

Her family won a wrongful death suit against Snuka in 1985, but authorities didn’t charge him in the death. Judge Kelly Banach determined Snuka was incompetent to stand trial based on his medical records and testimony provided by his defense attorney, Robert Kirwan II. He suffered from a bout of stomach cancer before he was charged in 2015. He underwent intensive surgery in which three-quarters of his stomach, several lymph nodes and a piece of his large intestine were removed, according to Kirwan. Snuka called the paramedics, but once they arrived, he was gone. Stephanie McMahon, WWE’s chief brand officer, called Snuka, “one of the greatest icons in the history of our business.”
Condolences also poured in from many of Snuka’s peers. Argentino was pronounced dead a few hours later. Only love HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) January 15, 2017

Our family @TaminaSnuka asked me to share the sad news that her dad Jimmy Snuka has just passed away. Former professional wrestlers Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat and "Rowdy Roddy Piper look on as Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka (center) steps into the ring to battle WWE Superstar Chris Jericho during WrestleMania 25 at Reliant Stadium on April 5, 2009 in Houston, Texas. (Credit: Bill Olive/Getty Images)

Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, the wrestler known for his high-flying leap off the ring’s top rope that flattened his opponents, died on Sunday. RIP Superfly. He was later inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Kirwan said Snuka was placed in home hospice care in October and moved to in-hospital hospice care at Broward Medical North near his home in Florida on December 17. In recent years, Snuka’s health took a turn for the worse. Actor and former wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced Snuka’s death on behalf of his family. CTE cannot be diagnosed without a postmortem examination of a person’s brain, but Snuka’s defense attorney argued that he exhibited signs of the disease based on outward symptoms and a series of MRIs taken over two years. He was 73. Former wrestler Hulk Hogan tweeted: “RIP Superfly.”
Jake “The Snake” Roberts, another famous wrestler during Snuka’s time, wrote: “He will fly all the way to heaven. (Credit: Bill Olive/Getty Images)

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Wrestler Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka Dies at 73

Former professional wrestlers Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat and "Rowdy Roddy Piper look on as Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka (center) steps into the ring to battle WWE Superstar Chris Jericho during WrestleMania 25 at Reliant Stadium on April 5, 2009 in Houston, Texas. What a sweet man.”
Snuka’s death comes 12 days after a Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, judge dropped third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter charges against him in the 1983 death of his ex-girlfriend, Nancy Argentino. #RIPSuperfly
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) January 15, 2017

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-73.538734 On Sunday, Snuka’s daughter, Tamina Snuka, also a WWE star, tweeted “I love you dad.”
She also posted a picture of what appeared to be their hands. Snuka had also been diagnosed with dementia and showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, an Alzheimer’s-like neurodegenerative disease associated with repeated hits to the head, according to Kirwan. also confirmed Snuka’s death on its website on Sunday. Argentino’s family contacted Lehigh County District Attorney James Martin and asked his team to examine Snuka’s 2012 memoir, “Superfly: The Jimmy Snuka Story.”
A grand jury reviewed excerpts and decided to press charges. Snuka was charged in September 2015, 32 years after Argentino’s death. The signature move, in which Snuka vaulted off the rope and landed face-down on his opponent who lay prone on the floor, helped catapult the Fiji-born Snuka to 1980s fame with the World Wrestling Federation, now the WWE. Alofa atu i le aiga atoa. Snuka is one of 50 former wrestlers named as plaintiffs in a July lawsuit against the WWE for long-term brain damage they say was incurred during their careers with the company. On May 10, 1983, Argentino was found unresponsive in a room at the George Washington Motor Lodge in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where the WWF taped its matches. The World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. Snuka’s family did not immediately release his cause of death. Argentino’s death has been a cold case for decades. “Snuka is regarded by many as the pioneer of high-flying offense because of his Superfly Splash from the top turnbuckle,” the WWE statement said.