Prosecutors on Tuesday announced the results of a grand jury investigation of Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka in the death of 23-year-old Nancy Argentino of Brooklyn, New York. Argentino was pronounced dead after authorities were called to a hotel room she and Snuka were sharing near Allentown, Pennsylvania in May 1983.
Seventy-two-year-old Snuka, now battling stomach cancer and living with his wife in Waterford Township, New Jersey, wrote in his 2012 autobiography that he was innocent in her death, which he said ruined his life.
‘Many terrible things have been written about me hurting Nancy and being responsible for her death, but they are not true,’ Snuka wrote. ‘This has been very hard on me and very hard on my family. To this day, I get nasty notes and threats. It hurts. I never hit Nancy or threatened her.’
Court records indicate that Snuka was arraigned Tuesday afternoon and sent to Lehigh County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Argentino’s sister Louise told the Morning Call on Tuesday that she’s happy to hear about Snuka’s arrest, given that her 90-year-old mother may finally get to see justice served in the 32-year-old case.
‘I think that it’s been a long road,’ Louise Argentino-Upham said. ‘They did the right thing in face of all the evidence.’