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Chris Benoit and Family

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STAMFORD, Conn., June 25, 2007 – World Wrestling Entertainment was informed today by authorities in Fayetteville County, Ga., that WWE Superstar Chris Benoit, his wife, Nancy, and his son were found dead in their home. Authorities are investigating, but no other details are available at this time.

Instead of its announced programming for tonight on USA Network, WWE will air a three-hour tribute to Chris Benoit.

Chris was beloved among his fellow Superstars, and was a favorite among WWE fans for his unbelievable athleticism and wrestling ability. He always took great pride in his performance, and always showed respect for the business he loved, for his peers and towards his fans. This is a terrible tragedy and an unbearable loss.

WWE extends its sincere condolences and prayers to the Benoit family and loved ones in this time of tragedy.

Additional information on World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. can be found at wwe.com and ...

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STAMFORD, Conn., June 25, 2007 – World Wrestling Entertainment was informed today by authorities in Fayetteville County, Ga., that WWE Superstar Chris Benoit, his wife, Nancy, and his son were found dead in their home. Authorities are investigating, but no other details are available at this time.

Instead of its announced programming for tonight on USA Network, WWE will air a three-hour tribute to Chris Benoit.

Chris was beloved among his fellow Superstars, and was a favorite among WWE fans for his unbelievable athleticism and wrestling ability. He always took great pride in his performance, and always showed respect for the business he loved, for his peers and towards his fans. This is a terrible tragedy and an unbearable loss.

WWE extends its sincere condolences and prayers to the Benoit family and loved ones in this time of tragedy.

Additional information on World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. can be found at wwe.com and ...

Yo, I know this topic isn't fantasy baseball related but holy sh*t, thanks for the post. That's just horrible, what could have happened and why?

This has officially dampered my night, severely. I don't like to hear about any families dying. What a kick in the head.

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I read on another forum that Benoit didn't make a match this weekend because his wife and child were coughing up blood. Based on that, it sounds like it could be something like carbon monoxide. Again, it's just hearsay, but it sounds credible.

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Any speculation as to what happened?

I don't have anything yet, however CO(carbon monoxide) poisoning or some sort of foul play come to mind.

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Oh my god. My condolescences.

I always thought Benoit would die young because of all the bumps he takes in the ring. He LOOKS like his body has taken a ton of punishment. I didn't think he'd go like this though.

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Tragic loss to the wrestling world. He was one of my favourites. One of the greatest Canadians next to the Hart family when it comes to wrestling. he will defenitley be missed. RIP Wolverine.

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wow this is really shocking.........

r.i.p. to a truly awesome wrestler and a good guy

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I was never a "wrestling" fan, but this tragedy transcends sports in general, what a terrible loss, simply for the fact that they were someones son, daughter, brother, cousins, aunt, and so on and so forth...

how saddening...

rest in peace...

and well wishes for their families...

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wwe.com is reporting that is was a double-murder/suicide. No word on if it was him or his wife yet though.

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I havent watched wrestling in like 5 or 6 years. But I did watch Chris Benoit and I liked him very much. One of a very few pure wrestlers in the WWE. It sucks that he has gone and WWE has a major loss. I send condolences to his family and friends.

I heard it was a double murder, suicide by Benoit. The police think it was Benoit who did it. Please dont let that be true. Have it be someone else and have them fry for it and hopefully Benoit was just trying to save his family. I would have rather neither happen and they all be alive but it did, so Im just hoping the Benoit's stay face, especially Chris.

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I stopped watching wrestling years ago, but watched ol\' Stampede Wrestling back in the 80s with the Hart family, Andre the Giant, the Dynamite Kid. Benoit was from my home town. He was a young kid when he started with those guys but then went worldwide. When he won the WWE world championship he came back to Edmonton to shoot a special. Never saw a more down to earth guy. He treated everyone with respect and stayed to sign autographs for a long time. This wasn\'t just about getting a DVD shot for McMahon, he was there to give something back and you could really see it meant something to him. Class act all the way. RIP

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haven't really watched wrestling in a long time, more into MMA but benoit was one of the best technical guys i have ever seen in the ring. with that said, it is an utter tragedy what happened. i am not going to speculate on the topic until all of the facts are out. but it takes a sick sick person to take the life of a 7 year old child

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haven't really watched wrestling in a long time, more into MMA but benoit was one of the best technical guys i have ever seen in the ring. with that said, it is an utter tragedy what happened. i am not going to speculate on the topic until all of the facts are out. but it takes a sick sick person to take the life of a 7 year old child

I agree with you...it's soooo sad it really is and it does take a sick person to take the life of child...It just shows that almost everybody has demons in their lifes..sad to say that but its true...prayers go out to his family

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According to that link, they think Chris Benoit killed them then himself. B) For some reason, I'm thinking it was the other way around.

according to this, he strangled the wife, smothered the son, then hung himself.

authorities are now investigating the "roid rage" angle.

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I heard about this last night, it is truly sad...I used to watch him when I was a kid, one of my favorites. It's sad to see his life end like this with a black cloud around this whole thing.

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if its true that he killed his wife and kid, piss on his grave. POS scum.

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if its true that he killed his wife and kid, piss on his grave. POS scum.

I'm with you Gargz, disgusting. If this really is the case I could care less what he did for wrestling or how great of a guy he was or how much influence he had.

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I dont know if you guys care but here is the story from CNN

Benoit strangled his wife and smothered his son before hanging himself in his weight room, a law enforcement official close to the investigation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.Authorities also said they are investigating whether steroids may have been a factor in the deaths of Benoit, his wife and their 7-year-old son. Steroid abuse has been linked to depression, paranoia, and aggressive behavior or angry outbursts known as "roid rage."

"We don't know yet. That's one of the things we'll be looking at," said Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard. He said test results may not be back for weeks.

Autopsies were scheduled Tuesday by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Authorities were investigating the deaths at a secluded Fayette County home as a murder-suicide and were not seeking any suspects. The official who described the manner of death spoke on the condition of anonymity because the information was to be released at a news conference later Tuesday.

Investigators believe Benoit (pronounced ben-WAH) killed his wife, 43-year-old Nancy, and son Daniel during the weekend and then himself Monday. The bodies were found Monday afternoon in three separate rooms of the house, off a gravel road about two miles from the Whitewater Country Club.

Nancy Benoit filed for a divorce in May 2003, saying their three-year union was irrevocably broken and alleging "cruel treatment." But she later dropped the complaint, as well as a request for a restraining order in which she charged that Benoit had threatened her and had broken furniture in their home.

In the divorce filing, she said Benoit made more than $500,000 a year as a professional wrestler and asked for permanent custody of Daniel and child support. In his response, Benoit sought joint custody.

Fayette County Coroner C.J. Mowell did not return calls seeking comment. The answering service for his funeral home said he was out of town.

Asked about the condition of the interior of the house, sheriff's Sgt. Keith Whiteside said investigators found "nothing really out of the ordinary." He said Benoit was found in the home's weight room, his wife in an office and the son in an upstairs bedroom.

Neighbors said the Benoits led a low-key lifestyle.

"We would see Chris walking in his yard from time to time. He wasn't rude, but he wasn't really outwardly warm," said Alaina Jones, who lives across the street.

Jimmy Baswell, who was Benoit's driver for more than five years, placed a white wreath at the Benoits' gate. "They always seemed like they were the happiest people," he said.

World Wrestling Entertainment said on its Web site that it asked authorities to check on Benoit and his family after being alerted by friends who received "several curious text messages sent by Benoit early Sunday morning."

The WWE, based in Stamford, Conn., said authorities asked that it not release further information on the deaths.

Benoit, born in Montreal, was a former world heavyweight champion, Intercontinental champion and held several tag-team titles. His names in the ring included "The Canadian Crippler."

"WWE extends its sincerest thoughts and prayers to the Benoit family's relatives and loved ones in this time of tragedy," the company said in a statement on its Web site.

"He was like a family member to me, and everyone in my family is taking it real hard," said fellow Canadian Bret Hart, a five-time champion with the World Wrestling Federation. The federation has since changed its name to World Wrestling Entertainment.

Benoit had maintained a home in metro Atlanta from the time he wrestled for the defunct World Championship Wrestling. The Fayette County Tax Assessors Office lists the value of the house, situated on more than 8.5 acres, at nearly $900,000.

The WWE canceled its live "Monday Night RAW" card in Corpus Christi, Texas, and USA Network aired a three-hour tribute to Benoit in place of the scheduled wrestling telecast.

Benoit's wife managed several wrestlers and went by the stage name "Woman." They met when her then-husband drew up a script that had them involved in a relationship as part of a story line on World Championship Wrestling, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Benoit has two other children from a prior relationship.

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