Wow! Mark Twain and to a much lesser extent Greg Graffin were right, truth is stranger than fiction. Copied and pasted most certainly without permission from the Strib:
Minnesota professional wrestling legend Verne Gagne, 82, reportedly caused the death of a 97-year-old man by throwing him to the floor of a Bloomington care facility where they both lived, according to a report on MinnPost.com.
Both men reportedly suffer from Alzheimer's and dementia, the report says.
The incident involving Gagne and Helmut R. Gutmann occurred on Jan. 26 at Friendship Village, MinnPost says. Gutmann, who suffered a broken hip, died 20 days later in hospice care.
It isn't known what might have led to the incident.
The two men had been involved in another incident once before, Gutmann's wife, Betty, told the website.
Betty Gutmann, who also lives at Friendship Village, said her sadness about the incident was tempered by her belief that Gagne may not have known what he was doing, and apparently doesn't remember the incident.
Bloomington police confirmed to MinnPost that they are investigating a case at Friendship Village, but could not verify that the case involves Gagne and Gutmann because of privacy rules.
A member of Gagne's family declined to discuss the incident in detail.
A spokesman for Friendship Village refused to comment or acknowledge the case, citing federal health-care regulations.
Gagne was born in Corcoran and was a pro-wrestler from 1949 to 1981. He also was known for his charitable contributions.
Gutmann, who fled Nazi Germany, was a research scientist for 40 years and played with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra.