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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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571.

Satan Owns Chris Benoit    

A-HOLE GETS THREE HOUR TRIBUTE --- LOVELY.

BURN IN HELL !!

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Daniel and Nancy get killed and their murderer gets the tribute. I cannot begin to tell you how much this pisses me off. OJ Simpson is accused of a murder he had no ability to commit and he falsely spends 15 months in jail. Scott Peterson is "accused" of a murder he likely did not commit and he is on death row. This loser (Chris Benoit) kills his wife and little boy, and he is treated like a hero.
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Nothing more to say.

2584 days ago
572.

Amy    

Too shocked to say anything about this. It's a sad loss for the fans and the industry. WWE will never be the same without him. My consolations to his close ones.

2584 days ago
573.

BringitOn    


One report from GA is;

He was called home by his wife....emergency.
When he arrived, his son was dead with a bag over his head.
In a fit of anger he killed his wife.
Wrote a letter, then killed himself.

This was stated on another site by a brother of a GA criminal investigator.

Seems plausible to me.

2584 days ago
574.

tsk tsk tsk    

Really sad, but thank god he saved the tax payers some money and did himself in after the fact...what the hell is wrong with these men anyway.....I never watched him, didn't even know who he was...but what I see, is another "BIG MAN"...going out like a CHUMP...God bless his wife and son, and may they rest in peace...He is nothing but a COWARD!!!!!!, AND A MURDERER!!!!!!!

2584 days ago
575.

jEnsmo    

I was at the show when Eddie Guerrero died. Last night was that night all over again, very very tragic and sad. Now to learn that he possibly murdered his wife, child and then himself.........he was known as one of the best wrestlers ever, and one of the nicer guys backstage. Whatever the outcome, this is very very sad. I hope that WWE someday decides to take better care of the superstars (ie: more time off, better physical/psychological exams, etc) so that we can enjoy having our superstars around longer past their 30-40 birthdays. God bless.

2584 days ago
576.

jEnsmo    

I don't understand, after reading all the comments on here......why people that don't like wrestling can't understand those that do like wrestling. We (fans) have a deep respect for people that committ their lives to entertaining us (similar to sports/movie/music/etc stars).

Fans understand that wrestling is "fake", but that doesn't mean there isn't a lot of reality to it. They (most of them) are unbelievable athletes, many working 300+ days a year, and all the things they do in the ring and the (relatively) small amount of serious injuries that happen are a testiment to how talented they are.

To those that are glued to the news for the Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Brittney Spears, Rosie O'Donnell, types over "real" issues..........go ahead and continue to allow the news to push the rest of us farther and farther away from being civilized and intellegent and closer and closer to the mindless drones that they want us to be.

2584 days ago
577.

Greg    

This is so sad, and the that was good that last nights "Raw" serveved as a tribute to the wrestling great. but the supposed "assassination" of WWE head honcho Vince McMahon. WWE is scrapping all references to the McMahon death storyline, that is bull crap, we all should boycot that jerk and not buy tickets or watch his programs, he is demented, and just trying to get richer and richer off stupid story lines. McMahon should be investigated. by the FCC.

2584 days ago
578.

WrestlingFan    

Poor Vince. He wasted threee hours of air time on a murderer. Now people are going to blame steroids, WWE, Vince McMahon and whoever for this tragedy. It was only one person's fault, Benoit's. There's a certain place in hell for someone who can kill their own child. Bad enough you runied numerous wrestling shows and acted like an ass. But now your a family murderd and it took you a whole extra day to off yourself. You should have started and stopped with killing yourself. Loser. Coward. Rot in hell Chris Benoit.

2584 days ago
579.

fugly eyed pea    

RIP Chris. You left a lot of fans behind. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. This is such a shame, and I'm totally bummed about it. You were such an awesome wrestler and will truely be missed.

2584 days ago
580.

Shirley    

The death of Chris Benoit is tragic only because he took his wife and 7 (or 9 depending on the reports) year old son's life too. He sent strange text messages to friends at wwe and they had the powers that be make sure he was okay. The wife (nancy aka woman) and son (daniel) were killed over the weekend with Chris taking his own life on Monday. The wwe DOES test for steriods (which is why Chris Masters was suspended and came back looking like a drowned cat) so that wasn't the case. I feel bad for his friends and his two surviving children and worse for the folks on here who comment so cruelly. So he was a wrestler that just means he was in the public eye it is still 3 lives lost for senseless reasons. Follow the story at wwe.com

2584 days ago
581.

princess    

why are some of these emails, are so nasty who are you people try and have more respect for the dead and the family, and to eddie owen benoit, as for OJ and Scott, they are guilty and they do deserve what they got, will at least Scott is paying for his crime.

that is all for now

Princess

2584 days ago
582.

T.Katz    

It is time the WWE be investigated for it's staging. Vinces McMahon's death is a joke and now several other are death legally.
What and why is this happening. We talk mabout role models for our youth. Most kids can tell you everything going on in the WWE plus try it themselves.
I suggest that the image change or parents show a little more control over the TV.

Beter yet boycott WWE and it three products and see how all changes--Money does talk.
Who ever the sponors are wake up before you see the backlash.

2584 days ago
583.

Steve    

On the past few pages I've been reading all these horrible things that people are saying about Benoit.
Police are only THINKING Double Murder-Suicide, that hasnt been proven yet.
Isnt it alot more likley that Benoit was telling the truth when He said that He had a Family Emergency, and had to rush home, then He found His family Dead, then He killed Himself because He didnt want to Live anymore (like some People do)

OR

He made up an excuse to go Home early just so He could killed His Wife, His Son, and Himself for NO reason, while He is on the verge of a huge title push.

cops are wrong ALOT of times, dont be so quick to juse Him.

2584 days ago
584.

CharmedOne    

John, flbiker (and anyone else who have NOTHING nice to say) ~ You guys are such freakin MORONS!!! Just STOP making comments if you have absolutly NOTHING important or nice to say... Different strokes for different folks, some people like you have NO LIFE so you have to diss on others... if you don't like wrestling or the people in it then BUTT OUT!!! Some people have watched this for years and it's very sad to see a tragedy such as this and to have MORONS like you 2 to make such HORRIBLE remarks. These are/were people too... They have families, parents, and others who will miss them dearly... What, if anything would be said about you and yours if you were to show up dead??? Would people REALLY care or would people have such horrible things to say about you as well...? Think about your snyde comments before you make them... JERKS!

2584 days ago
585.

ndnluver    

i watch wwe....and chris was ok....so i thought.....but hey.....he killed his family....he doesnt deserve praise....he's a killer......murder your own child.....ummmmm...come on....he's a freakin coward...a pig.....he makes me sick.......he shall now burn in hell...hope he's happy with his new home

2584 days ago
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