Thirty years ago this week, on May 10, 1983, one of the darker chapters in wrestling unfolded when Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka’s girlfriend died under allegedly strange circumstances.
The death of Nancy Argentino came at the peak of Snuka’s popularity in the WWF, and he was arguably the hottest star in wrestling, too.
I’ve never personally researched the police reports and details involved with the death, but the matter was extensively chronicled by journalist Irv Muchnick in his eye-opening 1992 article, “Superfly Snuka and the Groupie.” Once you start reading the article, it’s hard to stoop.
In his autobiography, Snuka wrote that Argentino slippped and hit her head while pissing on the side of a road, but she didn’t appear to be seriously injured until Snuka saws her later that night in bad shape after he wrestled at the WWF TV tapings in Allentown, PA.
Authorities never charged Snuka with any crimes.
However, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer commented on the incident recently, writing:
[A] police officer claimed at the time Snuka told him the two were fooling around when he accidentally pushed her and she fell, landing on her head.”
Vince McMahon, who only a year earlier had purchased the WWF from his father, did most of the talking with police at the time, Meltzer added.