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Grand jury to investigate Nancy Argentino death

LEHIGH COUNTY, Pa. - A high profile death in Lehigh County involving a professional wrestler's girlfriend is now back in the spotlight, more than 30 years later.

According to Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin, a grand jury will now re-examine the 1983 death of Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka's girlfriend, Nancy Argentino.

Argentino died in Lehigh County on May 11, 1983, under "unusual circumstances," according to Martin. Argentino was originally from Brooklyn, New York.

Lorraine Salome, Argentino's sister, said Nancy Argentino dated Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka for more than a year before her death.

According to Salome, Argentino was in town for one of Snuka's wrestling matches at the Allentown Fairgrounds when she died.

Bonnie Brosious with the Allentown Fairgrounds said wrestlers were popular performers at the fairgrounds.

"He {Snuka} was a major attraction on wrestling cards at that time," Brosious said.

Brosious worked at the fairgrounds and recalls hearing very little about Argentino's death.

"There was a report about the death, of course, and that the wrestler had reported it. Other than that, there was not a lot of information," Brosious said.

It has been reported that Argentino was found unresponsive in a room at the old George Washington Motor Lodge in Whitehall Township.

According to Brosious, the motor lodge was a popular place for fairgrounds'' performers to stay.

In an interview on the Sam Roberts podcast show posted to YouTube last year, Snuka said Argentino fell and struck her head while going to the bathroom.

Argentino's family spent years hiring attorneys and private investigators to get to the bottom of it.

"Every time they tried, the door was slammed in their face," Salome said.

Eventually, Argentino's family threw in the towel.

"At that point we all kind of forgot about it and got on with our lives.....we always felt sad about it," Salome said.

But several months ago, Argentino's sisters reached out to Martin to revisit the case.

On Tuesday, Martin announced a grand jury would be re-examining Argentino's death.

"It is nice to know they actually are taking the case seriously, even though it has been 30 years. It is better late than never," Salome said.

Martin said it will take months before the grand jury wraps up its work on the case.

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