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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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So long, 'roid boy.

2622 days ago


i dont think it was murder suicide i think it was home invasion crack heads trying to get money

2622 days ago


My heart and prayers go out to the family of Chris Benoit and his wife's. This is such a tragedy.

2622 days ago

kim suck    

oh john that was not nice--but true

2622 days ago


This news is just unbelieveable. It is just truly heartbreaking. My thoughts are wih his family and friends at this tragic time.

2622 days ago

Little Bit    

I have been trying to find more info about this . I was watching for SVU and they
started to run wrestlng instead. They showed the original ad with the faked death. Then
Vinc came on and told about the death of the family,but no details.

2622 days ago


My prayers go out to Chris' family, a tragedy.

2622 days ago

Michael Friend    

My heart and prayers go out to the famliy's. Chris Benoit was a very good wrestler.
He will be missed.

2622 days ago

WWE does it right.    

So you make fun of wrestling but then post under different names to try to get a rise out of fans? John you are a disturbed individual.

2622 days ago

kim suck    

OK --what happened --do we know??

2622 days ago

kim suck    

something does not sound right here!!

2622 days ago

lori b    

OH MY GOSH!!!! We just saw him about 3 weeks ago.i We are shocked and Very sad.At least he is with his family!He will be very missed!

2622 days ago


john&flbiker your comments are arrogant. you're both just trying to upset people. haven't you two anything better to do?

2622 days ago


With the whole McMahon fake death thing I hope he learned his lesson with Sherry and Benoit and not to make a joke of or glamorize death. If he was a fictional character on a show fine, but kids are in the arena and some of them still believe wrestling is real. To say in the few weeks McMahon was presumed "dead" two wrestlers really's just not something to joke about or a way to boost ratings.

2622 days ago


I wish I came flbiker was my alter ego, but alas it is not so. Thanks for playing.

2622 days ago
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