MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The Hennepin County medical examiner's office is calling the death of a 97-year-old man who was reportedly pushed by former Omaha wrestling legend Verne Gagne a homicide.
The coroner's report said Helmut Gutmann died of complications from a broken hip he suffered after being pushed Jan. 26 at a rest 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 Friendship Village in Bloomington.
At the time, both men were living the facility's memory loss unit and suffered from Alzheimer's-related dementia. Gutmann also had pulmonary disease.
Gagne wrestled at the University of Minnesota and spent a brief stint with the Green Bay Packers before turning to professional wrestling in 1950. He wrestled into the early 1980s.
Gagne often wrestled in the KETV studios while he lived in Omaha.