Today, a true wrestling legend in Verne Gagne will grace your screen, however, for quite a dark tale. Although many readers may know about this, the story is out of this world and I feel deserves to be retold as we pass the ninth anniversary of the retirement home tragedy.
In late April of 2009, Verne Gagne was living peacefully in a nursing home where trained professional staff could take care of his Alzheimer’s disease. His case was slowly getting worse, but eventually hit a breaking point when Verne Gagne reportedly Bodyslammed a fellow resident at the nursing home, effectively killing him.
It is not uncommon for sufferers of Alzheimers to have personality changes, fluctuation in mood, and complete memory loss which is what investigators believed set him off.
The widow of the victim claimed that he and Verne Gagne had minor issues with each other in the past, and did not even want to press charges. Neither Verne Gagne or the 97-year old man who later died in the hospital remember the encounter at all. Verne Gagne who was 83 at the time was moved to another facility. No charges were ever made against him.