Wrestling legend suspected in homicide

Verne Gagne, the man who brought the nation Hulk Hogan and Jesse “The Body” Ventura, is suspected of fatally injuring his roomate at a board and care facility for Alzheimer’s patients in Minnesota.

Here’s the story:

Minnesota wrestling legend Verne Gagne is under investigation in the death of a fellow resident at a Bloomington care facility, a local television station is reporting.

Police said 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.

Speaking of professional wrestling, Ray Renati, a Northern California blogger suggests that Mickey Rourke should get the best actor nod for his role in the Wrestler. Here’s a portion of his take:

Once every ten years or so a movie comes along that seems to transcend the art form. From the first moments we realize that we are not just watching a film but that we have been given the rare gift of peering into a person’s soul. In “The Wrestler” you quickly realize that for the next two hours you’re going to be given a raw, unprotected, and brutally honest performance from a man who has suffered and has chosen, as a true artist, to reveal that suffering to the world. I can think of few other examples of this in film. Al Pacino in the first two “Godfather” movies comes to mind. Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz” perhaps is another example, all be it a strange and surprising one.


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  • Ray

    Hey Frank, thank for the mention. Ray

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