Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, WWE Hall of Famer, Dies at 73
Attorney Robert Kirwan II said Snuka died "due to complications from his ongoing medical problems," but was not specific.
WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka has died, the WWE on Sunday announced on its website. He was 73.
Attorney Robert Kirwan II, representing Snuka, said family members confirmed to him that the pro wrestler died Sunday afternoon at his son-in-law's home near Pompano Beach, Fla., according to the Associated Press. Kirwan said Snuka died "due to complications from his ongoing medical problems," but was not specific. TMZ reported that Snuka was battling stomach cancer.
Snuka was charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in September 2015 when the case was reopened over the death of his girlfriend Nancy Argentino, whose body was found in their Whitehall Township, Pa., hotel room in 1983. Although prosecutors alleged Argentino was beaten, Snuka said that she died from a fall. The case was recently dismissed on Jan. 3 after the defense said he had dementia.
A lawyer for Snuka announced during a hearing to reevaluate his mental health in December that the former pro wrestler was living in hospice care and had six months left to live. Snuka's wife told the judge the family struggles to keep him from leaving home when he experiences psychosis in which he think's he's late for a wrestling match. Lehigh County Judge Kelly Banach ruled him incompetent to stand trial last summer.
"The family is simply heartbroken. It's been a long journey," he said. "They are grateful to the judge for dismissing the charges against him." Kirwan added that he believes Snuka's name will eventually be cleared.
Snuka's daughter, WWE wrestler Tamina Snuka, shared news of her father's passing on Instagram and Twitter with a photo and the caption, "I love you Dad." Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson also shared his condolences tweeting, "Our family @TaminaSnuka asked me to share the sad news that her dad Jimmy Snuka has just passed away. Alofa atu i le aiga atoa. #RIPSuperfly"
RIP Superfly. Only love HH— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) January 15, 2017
Snuka was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996. The Fiji native was known for his "Superfly Splash," and his dive off a steel cage onto Don Muraco at Madison Square Garden was caught on camera as an iconic moment in WWE history.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Jan. 15, 2:45 p.m. Updated with additional details of death and medical history.