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Chris Benoit, WWE Wrestler, Kills Family, Self

Professional wrestler Chris Benoit apparently murdered his wife and son before killing himself.

Chris Benoit Photo In this undated photo released by World Wrestling Entertainment, pro wrestler Chris Benoit is seen. Benoit, his wife and 7-year-old son were found slain Monday, June 25, 2007, at their home in Fayetteville, Ga., authorities said. (AP Photo/John Giamundo, WWE) WWE wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife and son were found dead Monday, and police said they were investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide.

Detective Bo Turner told WAGA-TV the case was being treated as a murder-suicide, but said that couldn’t be confirmed until evidence was examined by a crime lab. The station said investigators believe the 40-year-old Benoit killed his wife, Nancy, and 7-year-old son, Daniel, over the weekend, then himself on Monday. The bodies were found in three rooms.

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.”

Lead investigator Lt. Tommy Pope of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department told The Associated Press the deaths were being investigated as homicides, and that autopsies were to be performed Tuesday. Pope said the bodies were discovered about 2:30 p.m., but refused to release details.

The house is in a secluded neighborhood set back about 60 yards off a gravel road, surrounded by stacked stone wall and a double-iron gate. On Monday night, the house was dark except for a few outside lights. There was a police car in front, along with two uniformed officers.

Benoit was a former world heavyweight and Intercontinental champion. He also held several tag-team titles during his career.


UPDATE: The story keeps getting worse.

Pro wrestler Chris 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.


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Of course it was “‘roid rage” that caused Chris Benoit to snap and completely lose it all. Anyone or any organization who thinks any less caused Benoit’s actions, needs to have an IQ check-up.
It has long been rumored that Chris Benoit was actually bi-sexual. He was caught on his knees in front of other wrestlers over the years. This act didn’t drive Chris crazy, it was those damn steroids. Barry Bonds will be flipping out in a couple of months.

Posted by Mr. Story | June 26, 2007 | 10:03 pm | Permalink

someone knows something that their not sharing with the wresling fans. i have watched for 35 years i want the truth. all wresling fans are upset and cannot belive this. they put everthing else out there for us to see. so why not give some answers. it breaks my heart to even see the little boy dancing in the ring because his dad was his idol and he was so happy in the picture. i dont belive beniot could have smoothered his child.

Posted by misty kendall | June 30, 2007 | 01:29 pm | Permalink

I think it is really sad what happened. I don’t know if it was completely steroids. Yet I cannot understand how anyone could kill a child, especially their own.

Posted by Satchel Paige Fan | July 15, 2007 | 09:39 pm | Permalink

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