Jimmy Snuka dead at 73 years oldBy Joseph Currier | @josephcurrier | Jan 15, 2017 12:23 pm
Following a battle with stomach cancer and a myriad of other health issues, Jimmy Snuka has died at 73 years old.
Snuka's death comes nearly two weeks after Judge Kelly L. Banach of Lehigh County cited Snuka's deteriorating health when dismissing third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter charges that had been leveled against him in the 1983 death of Nancy Argentino.
Judge Banach previously ruled last year that Snuka wasn't mentally competent enough to stand trial.
Snuka's potential involvement in Argentino's death had been openly speculated about for decades before reporting done by the Allentown Morning Call contributed to the case being reopened. The two had been romantically involved prior to Argentino's death, which Snuka claimed was the result of a fall.
The Morning Call uncovered an autopsy report that concluded that the case should have been investigated as a homicide until proven otherwise because of signs of "mate abuse" on Argentino. Snuka was officially charged in September 2015.
At a hearing in the case last December, Snuka's attorney stated that his client's cancer was terminal and that he may only have six months to live.
During his career, Snuka started out in Hawaii before becoming one of the WWF's biggest stars of the 1980s prior to the Hulk Hogan era. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996.
WWE acknowledged Snuka's death with an article on their website.