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Benoit Murder Details Revealed

6/26/2007 12:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Chris BenoitTMZ has learned more about the deaths of WWE wrestling superstar Chris Benoit, his wife and son -- and the information is extremely disturbing.

Several Atlanta-based law enforcement sources have told TMZ Benoit may have strangled his wife on Saturday, then smothered his son in his bed a day later. Investigators refuse to officially comment, pending final confirmation by the coroner on the cause and time of the deaths.

One source told TMZ that Benoit was texting friends during Sunday's WWE "Vengeance" Pay-Per-View program -- possibly watching the show with his son, who may have been alive at the time.

According to sources, Benoit then hanged himself Monday in a weight room inside the family home.

A police investigation is ongoing.

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76.

ANGIE BABY    

awful news. i can't imagine what their life was like before this, but it couldn't have been good. Terrible.

2495 days ago
77.

Tired and Ready for A Nap    

I don't follow wresting but I did hear this story and thought how sad for an entire family to be wiped out. Now, to hear more of the details, it's very heartbreaking. I wonder what would bring a person to such a point as to kill his wife and his child? Sad. Sad. Sad.

2495 days ago
78.

c    

This is so sad. I can only wonder what lead him to do something so horrific!

2495 days ago
79.

brittney    

i am very saddened about the incident and shocked !!! i am a wwe fan and can't believe it!!

2495 days ago
80.

badlands    

omg look real news without blonde tuna. this is terrible. he was always such a seemingly nice educated guy (out of wrestling that is)..maybe steroid meltdown.

2495 days ago
81.

Cari    

That is very sad My husband watch's wrestling all the time I cant believe this its just crazy our prayers go out to both Familys

2495 days ago
82.

greeneyedlass    

You know it's bad enough to kill an adult, but how can ANYONE take the life of a child?!!! I don't mourn him at all, but I do mourn that poor little boy and his mother....I can't even fathom how scared that poor child must have been. There's a special place in hell for that man!

2495 days ago
83.

skeptical at best    

now that is just tragic. what else can you say about this?

2495 days ago
84.

brittney    

how sad!! i am a true wwe fan and can't believe it!!!

2495 days ago
85.

dude    

And have a nice day.

2495 days ago
86.

Heather    

He wasn't known to be a monster. I guess it is possible for people to just snap one day. I can't even imagine about his little boy and what it was like for that kid. That's where my sadness is at. It is bad enough to kill your spouse, but really going a step further to murder your own child.

2495 days ago
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cari    

So sick that he had to kill that poor innocent child. And his wife. It's always a shame when someone feels so hopeless that he loses the will to live, but the problem is compounded when they kill those around them too. I'm sorry for the people who spent three hours of their lives that they will never get back on a tribute glorifying this very sick and disturbed murderer.

2495 days ago
88.

suritomkatfan    

I hope this guy boils in hell for eternity

2495 days ago
89.

KP    

As a lot of us guessed yesterday (to some derision from Benoit's fans), this was sadly a murder-suicide. I'm just sorry we were right. RIP.

2495 days ago
90.

OhLisaLisa    

He'll burn in hell for that....

2495 days ago
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