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Wrestling Superstar Found Dead

6/25/2007 7:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

WWE superstar Chris Benoit, 40, his wife Nancy and young son were found dead in their Atlanta home early this afternoon, this according to WWE.com.

No further details regarding the tragedy have been released. Benoit was scheduled to appear at a pay-per-view event last night ... WWE said that there was a "family emergency" that prevented him from being there.

Benoit, a former World Heavyweight Champ, wreaked havoc with his signature move, the "Crippler Crossface."

The incident comes on the heels of the shocking death of former WWE wrestler "Sensational" Sherri Martel, and the supposed "assassination" of WWE head honcho Vince McMahon. TMZ has learned that the WWE is scrapping all references to the McMahon death storyline on tonight's episode of "Raw.'

According to the official WWE website, tonight's "Raw" will serve as a tribute to the wrestling great.

Police are investigating the incident.

UPDATE: ABC News is reporting that the deaths are being investigated as a possible suicide and double homicide.

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136.

CK    

Wow, John. You must be an old fart because TVs don't have tubes anymore.

2585 days ago
137.

Tommy    

Unfathomable! This from a career long Chris Benoit fan..Another hero fallen & Its unable to even begin sinking in.
At first I thought was a McMahons death storyline add on.

2585 days ago
138.

WWE does it right.    

It was probably carbon monoxide. People who are saying Chris went crazy and killed his family should probably go to their doctor and get their heads checked out. RIP to the Benoit family, it's a very dark day in the wrestling world. One of the guys that got people into it in the late 90s was taken away from us way too soon.

2585 days ago
139.

kim suck    

stop crying you pussys!!

2585 days ago
140.

Regee    

I havent heard that Roger Moore died link please

2585 days ago
141.

Justin    

Chris beniot gave you everything he had to entertain everyone in the audience.He will be deeply missed.

To any people who disrespect a man who put food on the table and loves his kids,supported his family no matter the profession shouldn't be in the usa.

R.I.P Chris beniot

2585 days ago
142.

Sonny    

maybe he got called to head home and when he got there they were already dead with like a note or something or video or something that just makes u crazy and he decided to end it because it was too much. this is so sad tho. i wish we had more info.

2585 days ago
143.

kim suck    

maybe they were coughing up ketchup?

2585 days ago
144.

FlBiker    

Where does the line form to azzrape his corpse?

2585 days ago
145.

The story is real fools.    

The man and his family are REALLY dead. Watch the USA network right now. They are paying tribute.

2585 days ago
146.

kim suck    

roger moore is dead--like 20 years ago!

2585 days ago
147.

Wicked    

Ron Beck, 38, the SF Giants, Sox pitcher, etc., was also found dead today. Crazy.
Deepest sympathy to both families.

2585 days ago
148.

lvlyia    

What I want to know is ,,,this has not even been on the NBC,ABC,Fox, ect News Media,,not even a word about it,,, specially when Fox Reports 24 hours a day on T.V. and reports on every little thing,,

I wonder why none of them are reporting this in the News Media,,, you know how they are ,,,they report EVERYTHING,,,even on paris,,,all day long,,, why not this???

2585 days ago
149.

djlsb    

I won't write any comments on this until I find out the facts.but my prayers go out to all the family and freinds of the benoit family

2585 days ago
150.

Phatty Gurl    

He Will Be Missed Dearly.I Hope Is Death Was Fast And Over With Quickly.

2585 days ago
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