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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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anyone who makes fun of this is a rotten sociopath.

2674 days ago


I live in Atlanta and have not heard one thing on the news all day about this.

If this is Not true, this would just be too sick - even for dead man walking Vince.

2674 days ago


Wow....I can't believe 2 wrestlers are dead in the same week...

2674 days ago

WWE does it right.    

If you know nothing about Chris Benoit, don't comment you morons. The comments about him killing his family and doing roids are out of line. Benoit was a family man and had nothing but love for his wife and kid. He was one of the greatest wrestlers of this generation and it is a very sad day. I could not believe the news when I first read it. I thought it was a sick joke. RIP Chris, Nancy and Daniel. You will be truly missed. The Crippler is the reason why the IWC took off.

2674 days ago


RIP Crippler. You were the best.
Yeah, his wife was married to Kevin Sullivan. And she was Sandmnan's manager, Woman, in the old ECW.

2674 days ago


I can't believe some of the comments on here.

A man and his family are dead. If you can't at least show a shred of sympathy for that then congrats, you're a complete and utter failure of a human being.

2674 days ago


There's close to a 100% chance that roid-boy got pissed and wiped out his family and then killed himself after he realized what he had done, based on the evidence so far. If you are shook up about this, then you really, really need to find better heroes in your life and stop being such amazingly lame losers.

2674 days ago


Uh, has no one thought for a second that this is just another WWE Hoax?

2674 days ago


This is very sad, I met him a year ago and he was a real down to earth guy......

2674 days ago


We are talking about a nitwit wrestler, right? Who gives a crap.

2674 days ago

WWE does it right.    

Hey John, why don't you stop posting and continue to watch your "fake" movies and play your "fake" video games. You don't know anything about Benoit. He was truly something special. Of course, someone like you would never see that because you think you are above "fake" pro wrestling. Do us all a favor and go away. Let those who respected this man's work pray for him and his family.

2674 days ago


Officials would not say how the family died, other than to say they weren't shot to death.

2674 days ago


Murder-suicide...but if Benoit had to leave for "family emergency", it was probably his wife that did it.

2674 days ago


there's something fishy going on, I think. Sherri Martel's death was also undetermined, and not of natural causes.

what the hell?

2674 days ago


This sucks, that guy was a great wrestler, my heart goes out to the families.

2674 days ago
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