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Post Ex-pro wrestler accused in nursing home death. - March 5th 2009, 10:33 PM

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29534398/ During his glory days as a pro wrestler, Verne Gagne shared the spotlight with other burly men in trunks, guys with names like Killer Kowalski, Mad Dog Vachon, The Crusher and Baron Von Raschke. But all of that seemed well in the past until just weeks ago, when authorities say Gagne, 82 and suffering from Alzheimer's disease, apparently body-slammed a 97-year-old fellow patient at the suburban nursing home where they both lived, causing the man's death. Bloomington police are investigating, but not even the victim's widow wants to see the dementia-stricken Gagne prosecuted. Police said there was no clear indication of what set Gagne off, and neither man could remember the incident afterward. Behavior and personality changes are common as Alzheimer's progresses, and victims of the mind-robbing disease can become agitated. Like others with the disease, Gagne had all but lost his short-term memory, while his recollections of long-ago events were vivid. But whether he was suffering a flashback to his days in the ring, as some have speculated, is anybody's guess.


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Re: Ex-pro wrestler accused in nursing home death. - March 5th 2009, 10:36 PM

Oh wow. That's sad.. for both parties. My heart goes out to all who are involved.


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Re: Ex-pro wrestler accused in nursing home death. - March 5th 2009, 10:38 PM

It is sad but he should not have been named unless he was found guilty of a crime
   
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