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Old 06-25-2007, 10:47 PM
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June 25, 2007
Death Comes a Day After Wrestler Canceled Pay-Per-View Appearance




Wrestling star Chris Benoit, his wife, Nancy, and their 7-year-old son Daniel were found dead in their suburban Atlanta home Monday. The deaths are being investigated as a possible suicide and double homicide, authorities told ABC News.
Lt. Tommy Pope of the Fayette County Sheriff's Department told ABC News that Benoit had missed several appointments over the weekend, leading concerned parties to ask police to do a "welfare check." When sheriffs arrived at the Benoits' home, they found the wrestler, his wife, and their son dead.
There were no signs of gunshot wounds or stabbing, according to Pope. Authorities are not ruling out other causes, such as poisoning, suffocation, or strangulation. Pope told ABC News that his department is looking at this situation as a "possible double murder, suicide."
Pope said "the instruments of death were located on scene," but would not specify what those instruments are or where in the house the bodies were found. Pope added the department is "not actively searching for any suspects outside of the house."
An autopsy has been scheduled for Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. However, it could be weeks before there is a result.
Benoit, 40, was scheduled to spar against C.M. Punk in a pay-per-view event Sunday night in Houston for the Extreme Champion Wrestling title. But Benoit canceled before the event, citing personal reasons.
A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Benoit was known in the ring as the "Canadian Crippler."
Following the announcement of the deaths, World Wrestling Entertainment issued a statement: "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."
WWE announced that it would drop its planned Monday night line-up on the USA Network to air a three-hour tribute to Benoit.
In a sport known for bravado and bullying, Benoit was very much beloved and respected by his peers. He was passionate about his profession and served as a mentor to many younger, up-and-coming performers. As an indication of how much the fans enjoyed him, when the crowd in Houston's Toyota Center learned Sunday night that he wouldn't be there, they chanted, "We want Benoit!"
Benoit's wife was also in the wrestling business as a valet and manager. She was known as "Woman." The two met while they both worked for the now-defunct World Championship Wrestling, which was owned by Ted Turner until Vince McMahon's WWE bought it out.

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Appears he killed his wife on Saturday, his son on Sunday, and himself earlier today
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The Associated Press today reported that Benoit strangled his wife, smothered his son and hanged himself, citing a law enforcement official that it didn't identify.
WWE canceled last night's live show in Corpus Christi, Texas, and instead aired a three-hour tribute to Benoit's career on the USA Network, where its matches were the two highest-rated programs on basic cable the week of June 11, according to Nielsen Media Research Inc.
Benoit, whose signature move was the ``Crippler Crossface,'' won the WWE's heavyweight championship in 2004 by defeating a wrestler named Triple H.
``Chris was beloved among his fellow superstars, and was a favorite among fans for his unbelievable athleticism and wrestling ability,'' WWE said in a statement. ``He always took great pride in his performance, and always showed respect for the business he loved, for his peers and toward his fans. This is a terrible tragedy and an unbearable loss.''
Benoit's 43-year-old wife, Nancy, was a manager for several wrestlers, and the two met when they were with now-defunct World Championship Wrestling. In addition to their son, Daniel, who was found dead, Benoit had two children from a previous relationship, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said.
Questions are being asked about whether anabolic steroids may have been a contributing factor in the murder-suicide deaths of Canadian pro wrestler Chris Benoit and his family.
Benoit -- 180 centimetres tall and weighing 100 kilograms -- strangled his wife and suffocated his son before hanging himself with a pulley on a weightlifting machine, a law enforcement official said Tuesday
Benoit, 40, his wife and son were found dead at 2 p.m. on Monday in three separate rooms. Police said Benoit placed a Bible next to the bodies of his wife and son before hanging himself. All three died of asphyxiation, autopsy results show.
"I'm baffled about why anybody would kill a seven-year-old, said District Attorney Scott Ballard."I don't think we'll ever be able wrap our head around that."
Daniel had needle marks on his arms. His parents considered him under-sized and had injected him with growth hormones, Ballard said.
Investigators found anabolic steroids in the house.
Steroids can cause paranoia, depression and explosive outbursts known as "roid rage."
Benoit was born in Montreal and grew up in Edmonton, graduating from Archbishop O'Leary High School.
He began his career in 1985, starting with the famous Hart family of Calgary, who operate Stampede Wrestling.

Benoit made more than US$500,000 a year as a professional wrestler
World Wrestling Entertainment shares were down 27 cents at $16.11 in New York Stock Exchange composite trading at 2:58 p.m.
The stock reached a 52-week high of $18.60 on May 3,
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I guess this is the most appropriate place for this video.


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Old dyed in the wool Wrestling fans will appreciate this one
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