Wrestling Legend Verne Gagne Linked To Nursing Home Resident's Death

Wrestling legend Verne Gagne is linked to the death of an elderly man he shared a room with at Friendship Village in Bloomington, Minnesota, an assisted living facility. On January 26th, Gagne reportedly threw a 97-year-old man down to the ground, causing permanent damage that ended his life twenty days later.

The WWE Hall of Famer suffers from severe dementia and his family says he does not remember the incident with roommate Helmut R. Gutmann, which resulted in Gutmann breaking his hip.

Police are investigating the death and trying to determine whether to recommend charges to the Hennepin County attorney’s office.

Betty Gutmann, the wife of the roommate, was saddened by the events, but believes Gagne does not understand what happened.

“You can’t blame the person that did it,” Gutmann said. “Gagne doesn’t know what he’s doing. I feel so sorry for his family, because they are faced with a terrible problem of what to do.”

The former wrestler reportedly had a history of violent outbursts at the assisted living facility as he’d put elderly patients in chokeholds. A third such incident led to Gagne’s dismissal from the facility, but he was soon allowed to return.

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