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There are 223 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Feb 19, 2009, titled Report: Wrestling legend Verne Gagne investigated in death of m.... In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Minnesota wrestling legend Verne Gagne is under investigation in the death of a fellow resident at a Bloomington care facility, a local television station is reporting.

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Danny Boy

Calgary, Canada

#2 Feb 19, 2009
What a tragic story......Alzheimers is such a devastating disease..It has claimed my mother after many years of suffering so I know first hand how crippling a disease it is. My thoughts and best wishes go out to both families for this tagic event and loss.
Vern Gagne will always be a legend in this state....and the victim, what a wonderful man he was as well... so sad all the way around.
MadeInAmerica

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Feb 19, 2009
Alzheimer's disease is horrible. Who knows what was going through Verne's mind when he did the body slam?
oh my

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Feb 19, 2009
That is so sad! He was probably relieving his wrestling days and was confused about when and where he really was.
Dean

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Feb 19, 2009
If true, this is a sad situation for somebody who was so successful and dynamic in his earlier life.
LadyinMN

United States

#12 Feb 19, 2009
Certainly we cannot prosecute people with Alzheimers Disease!!!!!!! Thats nuts!!! Perhaps if the State of MN kept its nose out of the Physicians business, Mr. Gagne could have received medications to keep him calmer and this might not have happened! But, NO..the State makes it so difficult for Physicians to medicate older people in Nursing homes and the Residents are completely out of control sometimes. This is the unfortunate result..because dont you know that Residents have the RIGHT to be free from "chemical restraints", even if they are not in thier right mind and others are at risk. Mr. Gagne has a disease he cannot control..The State should spend thier time and energy investigating the staff that are abusing the Residents instead of something like this. I am so sorry for the family of the other Resident and Mr. Gagnes family.
Maplewood

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Feb 19, 2009
My question is why wasn't he in a private room.
I can't image him lifting the man up but pushing him is how I think I see it.
BillB St Paul

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Feb 19, 2009
LadyinMN wrote:
Certainly we cannot prosecute people with Alzheimers Disease!!!!!!! Thats nuts!!! Perhaps if the State of MN kept its nose out of the Physicians business, Mr. Gagne could have received medications to keep him calmer and this might not have happened! But, NO..the State makes it so difficult for Physicians to medicate older people in Nursing homes and the Residents are completely out of control sometimes. This is the unfortunate result..because dont you know that Residents have the RIGHT to be free from "chemical restraints", even if they are not in thier right mind and others are at risk. Mr. Gagne has a disease he cannot control..The State should spend thier time and energy investigating the staff that are abusing the Residents instead of something like this. I am so sorry for the family of the other Resident and Mr. Gagnes family.
You are so wrong, get the facts.
More bars in more places

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Feb 19, 2009
Think about it.....maybe the other guy found out it was Verne, and decided to call him out. Kind of like the washed up gunslinger who decides to call out the new young gun and test his hand. There's no mention of how many rounds they went.....

By the way, when my grandmother had alzheimers she passed many an hour watching Verne and the other wrestlers of the day. Verne was her hero until the day she died.
Paymyownway

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Feb 19, 2009
How tragic for both families.
I can remember watching Vern and the AWA with my father when I was young, very happy memories for me.
So sad to hear about the roommate.
Leave Vern alone, He probably won't be with us much longer.

420 DuDe

Since: Feb 08

ST.Paul, MN

#20 Feb 19, 2009
Vern...W-T-F

Please seek some help...Man this was a shocker - Alzheimer's disease is a tough one... I wish him my best...WHAT A WRESTLER HE WAS IN HIS DAYES !!

Wander how the > Da Crusher < feels....

Peace '09
Bernie Madoff

Brooklyn, NY

#21 Feb 19, 2009
Thank God the police are investigating the murder of a 97 yr old man by an 82 yr old man...both with alzheimers!!! For all you not in the know, heres a link that will help you figure out that the investigation is ridiculous.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alzheimer%27s_di...

Seriously, aren't there more important things to do?
Danny Boy

Calgary, Canada

#22 Feb 19, 2009
LadyinMN wrote:
Certainly we cannot prosecute people with Alzheimers Disease!!!!!!! Thats nuts!!! Perhaps if the State of MN kept its nose out of the Physicians business, Mr. Gagne could have received medications to keep him calmer and this might not have happened! But, NO..the State makes it so difficult for Physicians to medicate older people in Nursing homes and the Residents are completely out of control sometimes. This is the unfortunate result..because dont you know that Residents have the RIGHT to be free from "chemical restraints", even if they are not in thier right mind and others are at risk. Mr. Gagne has a disease he cannot control..The State should spend thier time and energy investigating the staff that are abusing the Residents instead of something like this. I am so sorry for the family of the other Resident and Mr. Gagnes family.
Huh?...what the eff are you talking about? Abusing residents? what story are you reading?
Franklin Adams

Fargo, ND

#23 Feb 19, 2009
For those of you joking about this, Alzheimer's disease is a terrible thing. Robbing people of their senses and their dignity. Maybe someday you will have the opportunity to have one of your loved ones go thru this, your wife, your mother, father, brothers and sisters. If that happens, and I hope it does not, remember this day when you made light of someone else and laughed at other posts that did. Let it haunt you the rest of your life.
Baron Von Rashke

La Grange, KY

#24 Feb 19, 2009
No winners in this terribly sad story.
Wally Carbo Loading

United States

#25 Feb 19, 2009
There's gonna be fines and suspensions!

“Wher's dem turkey necks?”

Since: Dec 08

Palm Desert, CA

#26 Feb 19, 2009
My initial reaction when I saw the headline was to make some smart arse comment, but seeing up close and personal the effects that Alzheimer's has on someone and how it affects the family, its only sadness I feel. Vern Gagne was truly the catalyst for providing Minnesotans of all ages many hours of television enjoyment especially those Marty O'Neil interviews. Marty was about 5'4" and made all the wrestlers look like they were 7 feet tall.
A little trivia. Before the Twins came to the Twin Cities we had AAA baseball, the Saints and the Millers. Marty did the Saints for WMIN and Ray Christensen did the Millers for WLOL. Marty got the AWA gig when the Twins replaced the 2 AAA teams and Ray became the voice of the University of Minnesota football and basketball on 'CCO.
Danny Boy

Calgary, Canada

#27 Feb 19, 2009
Wally Carbo Loading wrote:
There's gonna be fines and suspensions!
I love this post....

Yes, although a tragic story, I can still see the humor in it as well...just seeing the folks here posting and using names of the old AWA wrestlers brings back wonderful memories growing up and watching it in TV every Saturday night with my dad....back when it was a "real" sport....
Yes, alheimers is a terrible disease but we need to, as a society, lighten up as well and try to keep things in their proper perspective.....Peace out!!!
felix

Saint Paul, MN

#28 Feb 19, 2009
to bad he didnt do it to jesse the booby
Danny Boy

Calgary, Canada

#29 Feb 19, 2009
Franklin Adams wrote:
For those of you joking about this, Alzheimer's disease is a terrible thing. Robbing people of their senses and their dignity. Maybe someday you will have the opportunity to have one of your loved ones go thru this, your wife, your mother, father, brothers and sisters. If that happens, and I hope it does not, remember this day when you made light of someone else and laughed at other posts that did. Let it haunt you the rest of your life.
I am hoping that people are just trying to deal with this story in a "light" way...I seriously doubt anyone is making fun of the person who died or of our beloved Vern...again, we need to lighten up as a society while keeping things in their proper light.
Scott in Orlando

Orlando, FL

#30 Feb 19, 2009
Baron Von Rashke wrote:
No winners in this terribly sad story.
You're absolutely correct. While Verne was a well-known celebrity, just think how the poor victim's family is doing right now. Tragic!

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