Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka has six months to live as he is suffering from dementia and has been admitted in hospice care in Florida. According to the NY Daily News, the WWE legend's lawyer disclosed the news during a hearing to re-evaluate the 73-year-old's mental competence to stand trial over the death of his former girlfriend Nancy Argentino in May 1983.
Argentino, who died at the age of 23, was taken to hospital after having spent the night with Snuka in a hotel room. Earlier, Snuka was named as a "person of interest" in the case, but no charges were filed against him. However, in September 2015, Snuka was charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of Argentino.
In June this year, a judge declared Snuka mentally unfit to stand trial. In a hearing on Friday (2 December) to re-evaluate the 73-year-old's condition his lawyers said that the former wrestler has been given just six months to live and that his mental state had not changed.
Prosecutors earlier alleged that Snuka's former girlfriend was beaten to death, but he has maintained that she died from a fall. Snuka has even maintained his innocence in his autobiography: "I never hit Nancy or threatened her," Snuka wrote.
According to The Morning Call newspaper, Snuka's wife, Carole, told the judge via live video trial that he was suffering from psychosis and often tried to escape from home because he thinks he is getting late for a WWE match.
Carole said doctors are no longer treating most of his physical conditions but have prescribed a daily dose of morphine and anti-psychotics. "They're making sure he's happy and not in pain," Carole Snuka told the judge.