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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

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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Chris Benoit was a very talented wrestler.

My family had the pleasure of meeting him and he always had time for and respected his fans.

Regardless of what may or may not have happened, this is very sad indeed.

I cried when Eddie passed, I cried when I heard about Chris.

Very sad indeed.

2674 days ago


Ever shocking. (stress, steroid, sickness????)
I want to know why!!!!!!!!
Chris was the man. I think its a sad situation but if he did commit these horrible act I wont know what to think. Like everyone is still waiting for confirmation i won't say too much. Chris Benoit was one of the Best wrestler on TV and will be missed by everyone.


2674 days ago

Ihma Khunt    

It is so sickening how people put celebrities, pro spots, and wrestlers on a pedestal. Poor Chris boo hoo!! He ended up being a no good murderer PERIOD! He chose what ever he wanted to do in his life, and hell is where he is now.

2674 days ago

king crimson    

when i first heard he died i felt sad for him and his family. but WTF he killed his wife and even worse a 7 yr old boy who's life didn't even begin. last night the WWF did a special on Chris Benoit. Vince you _ucked up by doing that before you knew the details about the Chris The Killer Benoit...R.I.P Nancy and Daniel....As for you Chris hope ur in HELL...

2674 days ago


I only have a couple of comments. First off wrestling falls under the category of sports entertainment. Some may be fake some may not, but it isn't up to us. Steroids are in many sports. Just to name a few......Baseball a family tradition......some players have been found to be on riods......Football tough guy sport.....funny how some players have come to wrestling as well. however they have had players on steriods as well. Finally....
all sports are entertainment... It doesn't matter what someone thinks about that paticular sport. If fun is made just think of the sport they think is so great and how those players have acted. No one is stupid for watching any sport including wrestling....... and you are only an idiot if you try to antigonize others in their belief.

God Bless the remaining family and friends.

2674 days ago

richard ault    

this does not seem right, chris did not seem to me to be that kind of person to do such a thing, strangle his wife, smother his son, then hang himself. iget the feeling that someone else did it

2674 days ago
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