Thursday, February 19, 2009

Senile Wrestling Legend Relives Glory Days, Accused of Beating Fellow Senior to Death

Photo: Minnesota Historical Society


Police said [Verne] Gagne, 82, threw his roommate, Helmut R. Gutmann, 97, to the floor on Jan. 26, breaking his leg and injuring his head, according to KMSP-TV. Gutmann was treated for his injuries, but was later rehospitalized, the station said. He died Saturday.

The men lived at Friendship Village, a care facility for people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Both had Alzheimer's-related dementia, KMSP-TV said.

Gagne founded the now-defunct AWA, best known for supplementing actual wrestling with midget sideshows, Ken Patera feats of strength and "matches" featuring Verne's son Greg.

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