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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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76.

Goon    

anyone who makes fun of this is a rotten sociopath.

2588 days ago
77.

LAME    

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.

2588 days ago
78.

Sandra    

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

2588 days ago
79.

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.

2588 days ago
80.

whatnow    

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.

2588 days ago
81.

Joe    

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.

2588 days ago
82.

John    

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.

2588 days ago
83.

CJ    

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

2588 days ago
84.

JMad    

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

2588 days ago
85.

FlBiker    

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

2588 days ago
86.

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.

2588 days ago
87.

Mel    


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

2588 days ago
88.

Natali    

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

2588 days ago
89.

Nora    

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

what the hell?

2588 days ago
90.

SlappDaddy    

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

2588 days ago
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