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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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MallReviews.com    

I can't believe they celebrated his career on Raw last night without having the full story of the events. What a shame!

2593 days ago
107.

crazybastard14216    

How can people that post these comments about Benoit make judgements about him?

I got a question to ask all of these people do you people know what exactly went on inside Benoit's home? Where any of you there when they were having problems?

If you were there and knew the state of mind that he was in at that moment in time then by all means judge him, until then all of your thoughts about what happened inside their home don't matter.

How would you like for somebody to judge you?

2593 days ago
108.

Tamara Dawn    

Yes what Chris Benoit did is absolutely atrocious and there is no reason to try and justify it, but still, to the ones who have mourned his death and have made tributes to him, I don't think you should be ashamed of that. Obviously something in Chris Benoit snapped, and for so many individuals to be so heartbroken over his loss, including the WWE, before they knew what truely did happen, proves that this wasn't in Chris Benoit's character and something terribly went wrong and no one but himself, his wife and his son will ever know what that was. You can blame steroids all that you want, but this seriously has to be deeper then that. My heart goes out to Chris, his wife, his son and all of the extended families, because yes what he did was horrifying and there is no excuse for it, but he obviously was a different person at that time.

2593 days ago
109.

jdkelly    

I WAS SHOCKED AND VERY DISTURBED TO LEARN THAT ANOTHER GREAT WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION SUPERSTAR HAS DIED. FIRST ELIZABETH BECAUSE OF THAT DRUG ADDICT LEX LUGER THEN EDDY GUERRERO NOW CHRIS BENOIT AND HIS FAMILY. I AM VERY SAD AND AT THE SAME TIME QUITE DISTURBED! RIP BENOIT FAMILY. MAY GOD FORGIVE YOU.

2593 days ago
110.

okbitches    

when you are a kid the people you trust the most and need when you get scared are your parents, i just can't imagine what was going through this little boy's head when this happened, i know they is justice for all and this guy will find his.

2593 days ago
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rootbeer70    

Me and my boys who are ages 19 and 20 years old now have watched WWE for years and years and I have to say that we are just so sad over this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the Benoit's and his wife's family and to the family of WWE. May he and his wife and son REST IN PEACE.

2593 days ago
112.

PN    

I was sad to hear about Chris Benoit's death as well as his family. He was one of the best skilled wrestlers in the sport. I followed his career in WCW as well as WWE. He competed in some of the best competitive matches. It is shocking to see what had happened to him. Maybe the pressures of the sport and the travelling to arenas and stadiums to compete in matches might have gotten to him.

2593 days ago
113.

lj    

I think when he killed his wife and realized he would go to prison and the son would have lost both parents, that's when he decided to kill the son. Then he had no recourse except to commit suicide. Very sad. Now why did he kill his wife?

2593 days ago
114.

AG    

IT'S FUNNY HOW THEY JUST REPLACED HIS NICE PHOTO WITH THIS ONE.

2593 days ago
115.

Big Al    

roid rage does it everytime

2593 days ago
116.

Homer30    

You know, if only all professional wrestlers would take a cue from Chris and off themselves this world would have that many less retards.

I hate that the kid and wife died, but damn, another meat head roid freak dead is not a big loss.

2593 days ago
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TROLL SMASHERS    

WAIT WAIT, EVERYONE GO BACK & TAKE A LOOK AT THE PHOTO THEY USED FOR THE FIRST STORY

very all American, poor him...

now look again at this photo AFTER they found out this information

quite the "I'M A MANIAC" right?? These rag mags are soooo horrible for using LEADING PHOTOS instead of good writing skills to get their stories out.

This stinks of manic depression....(hanging ones self) not ROID RAGE

2593 days ago
118.

er9803    

shame...shame.....shame !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2593 days ago
119.

Good    

I can only hope that the son was unaware of what had happened to his mother. While there is no excuse for what Benoit did, if this poor child knew of his mother's death and how she died, that makes it even worse.

And while I'm fully aware that wrestling is a staged or pre-determined form of entertainment, Chris Benoit was always known as someone who gave fans "their money's worth" when he performed. Plus, Benoit was well respected by his peers, from all accounts he led a "normal" life outside the wrestling ring, and was said to love his family and his time with them. That's what makes this sad situation all the more confusing . . . . .

2593 days ago
120.

Michael Richards    

I know a police officer that is into the steroids and watches all those STUPID payperview fights on tv..and he too is a FORKING IDIOT!!!

2593 days ago
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