82-YO Wrestling Legend May Have Killed Roomie

Verne Gagne is a wrestling legend. He was the owner and perennial champion of the American Wrestling Association (an early WWE), and hosted the “league’s” weekly Smackdown-style TV show, “All-Star Wrestling” - which just so happened to be the one of the highest rated primetime shows for almost 40 years. Now it seems that, afflicted with Alzheimers, an 82-year-old Gagne may have killed his 97-year-old roommate in a fight in their assisted-living home.

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Twin Cities FOX affiliate MYFOX9.COM has the story, with requisite newsreel coverage, which claims that Gagne is suspected of breaking 97-year-old Helmut R. Gutmann’s leg and injuring his head in a fight. That scuffle sent the former cancer scientist and survivor of Nazi Germany to the hospital, where he recovered but still died from the effects of the attack four days later

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