While the police have ruled the death of 97 year old Hemet Gutmann as a homicide, there has been no arrest nor charge made against Verne Gagne at this time. This is a tragic situation for all of the families, and underscores the hardship families face when loved ones suffer from dementia caused by Alzheimers.
Death of man pushed by wrestling legend Verne Gagne ruled a homicide
Updated: 02/25/2009 12:15:26 PM CST
The death of a 97-year-old man who was reportedly pushed by former pro wrestling star Verne Gagne has been called a homicide.
The coroner's report says Helmut Gutmann died of complications from a broken hip after he was pushed Jan. 26 at a nursing home in Bloomington.
While today's news release does not mention Gagne by name, Gutmann's wife and daughter have said the 83-year-old Gagne apparently threw Gutmann to the floor. At the time, both men suffered from dementia. Gutmann also had pulmonary disease.
Bloomington police are investigating.
Gagne wrestled at the University of Minnesota. He turned to pro wrestling in 1950 and wrestled into the early 1980s.