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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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31.

Katie    

really...this is horrible

2644 days ago
32.

Anna    

I'm praying for his family

2644 days ago
33.

TJ    

Damn.

2644 days ago
34.

THIS IS NEWS?    

Probably carbon monoxide.

2644 days ago
35.

scott meigel    

RIP Rabid Wolverine/Pegasus Kid. First Eddie Guerrero now this. The most respected man in wrestling just died by suicide it appears.

2644 days ago
36.

KP    

Let's see - husband, wife, child dead. W/o knowing more I'm going to guess murder-suicide.

2644 days ago
37.

taffina    

I'm thinking murder suicide.

2644 days ago
38.

THIS IS NEWS?    

Probably carbon monoxide.

2644 days ago
39.

melissa    

Wow this is insane, and there is nothing else on the web about this yet.

2644 days ago
40.

TJ    

Probably 'roid rage.

2644 days ago
41.

Michael    

I'm really sorry to hear this. He seemed like a standup guy. I used to be a big fan.

2644 days ago
42.

budweiser    

WOW, speechless
Prayers go out to his surviving family members

2644 days ago
43.

FABIO    

I think that it's a Murder-suicide.

He flew home the other day and missed Sunday's big WWE pay-per-view due to a "family emergency"...

Things must have gotten real ugly...

2644 days ago
44.

John    

My guess is that he finally shot up too many steroids and wen't berserk and killed his family over nothing.

2644 days ago
45.

Michael    

yeah, because steroids make you go beserk and kill people

You're an idiot

2644 days ago
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