By Wyatt Earp | March 6, 2009
Jesus, this is a terrible story.
MINNEAPOLIS — During his glory days as a pro wrestler, Verne Gagne shared the spotlight with other burly men in trunks, guys with names like Killer Kowalski, Mad Dog Vachon, The Crusher and Baron Von Raschke.
But all of that seemed well in the past until just weeks ago, when authorities say Gagne, 82 and suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, apparently body-slammed a 97-year-old fellow patient at the suburban nursing home where they both lived, causing the man’s death.
My God. Can you imagine?
Bloomington police are investigating, but not even the victim’s widow wants to see the dementia-stricken Gagne prosecuted.
Helmut Gutmann, a former cancer researcher who suffered from dementia himself, died Feb. 14, about three weeks after breaking his hip in the confrontation. Authorities ruled his death a homicide.
Police said there was no clear indication of what set Gagne off, and neither man could remember the incident afterward. Behavior and personality changes are common as Alzheimer’s progresses, and victims of the mind-robbing disease can become agitated. (H/T - FOXNews)
Both my grandmother and my wife’s grandmother battled Alzheimer’s before they died. I can tell you from experience that it is a terrible, terrible disease.
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