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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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46.

Jim K    

Sad news, and at a time when the owner of the WWE is faking his own death for ratings. Hopefully, that will end tonight. It was said last night that he missed the PPV because he had to fly home to Georgia for a family emergency. I wonder if this happened before last night and who knew about it.

2656 days ago
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Jessica    

I was shocked when i heard the news at one of the wrestling fan sites.i honestly thought this was a storyline but when i heard that his wife and son were killed as well.this is soo terrible.he was such a great and entertaining wrestler and will truly be missed.

P.S. Thank you TMZ for reporting this story because this has yet to be reported on news channels! you guys are always one step ahead of the game :)

2656 days ago
48.

Zeppe Borelli    

HE WILL BE MISSED

THIS HAS YET TO BEEN SAID HE LEFT WWE HOUSE SHOW SATURDAY DUE TO FAMILY EMERGENCY AND MISSED PPV LAST NIGHT

IM THINKIN HE FOUND HIS WIFE WITH SOMEONE AND WENT NUTS

2656 days ago
49.

sapphire    

YET ANOTHER TERRIBLE TRAGEDY REGARDLESS

2656 days ago
50.

scott meigel    

His wife and kids were coughing up blood so he missed Sunday's PPV. I think they died and he killed himself.

2656 days ago
51.

Trixx    

Oh my goodness! This is horrible!

2656 days ago
52.

Jack    

Oh no! He was one of the best. One day after missing sunday's PPV... the whole family dead. This should be investigated by federal authorities.

2656 days ago
53.

John    

Don't worry, he'll be quickly replaced with another steroid user willing to ruin his health and destroy his family soon enough.

2656 days ago
54.

Bubba    

Thanks TMZ! No other news agency will tackle this sunject like you. Please keep us posted and get bto the bottom of this.

RIP Crippler!

2656 days ago
55.

sassy    

very sad news!!!!!

sorry to hear this happened.

2656 days ago
56.

scott meigel    

John. This guy was 5'11 and didn't look like he used steroids. You can't stereotype someone by the industry he works in.

2656 days ago
57.

Dee    

People who are disrespcting Chris Benoit by saying he went on a "roid rage" should burn in hell. Chris Benoit didn't take steroids. Have some courtesy because a man and his family are dead and this is no time to say things like that.

Seriously, I'm going to miss him so much, Chris Benoit was an amazing, legendary wrestler and he was taken away to early. Rest in Peace Chris, his wife Nancy, and his son.

2656 days ago
58.

Oh My Gosh I BET U R FAT !    

We lose a good man & scum like Perez Hilton are still inflicting pus into the world.

YUP.

God Is Dead.

2656 days ago
59.

Dee    

Rest in Peace Chris Benoit, his wife and son. Chris was an amazing wrestler who will forever be missed. People who don't know anything about Chris shouldn't make disrespectful comments at a time like this.

2656 days ago
60.

dan    

this is unbelievable! i don't believe this i've been a wrestling fan for a longtime.
thank god you guys are tell the news because wwe website always keep us waiting.

2656 days ago
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