Police Investigating Homicide Involving Wrestler

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The death of a 97-year-old man who was reportedly pushed by former pro wrestling star Vern Gagne (GAHN'-yuh) has been called a homicide.

The coroner's report says Helmut Gutmann died of complications rom a broken hip after he was pushed Jan. 26 at a nursing home in Bloomington.

While Wednesday's news release does not mention Gagne by name,
Gutmann's wife has said 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.