Wrestler And Family Found Dead In Home

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Real-life tragedy in the world of professional wrestling. WWE wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife and son were found dead in their Georgia home Monday. Police say they're investigating the deaths as a homicide.

More details are emerging about the deaths.

A law enforcement official says Benoit strangled his wife and smothered his son before hanging himself in the weight room at his Georgia home.

The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Authorities are investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide, and they aren't seeking any more suspects. Investigators believe Benoit killed his wife and son over the weekend, and then took his own life yesterday.

A prosecutor says investigators are trying to find out whether steroids may have been a factor. Abuse of steroids has been linked to depression, paranoia and aggressive behavior or angry outbursts known as "roid rage."

A spokesman for the Fayette County Sheriff's Department says the three were found at their home Monday.

The 40-year-old Benoit was a former world heavyweight champion, Intercontinental champion and held several tag-team titles over his career.

WWE issued a statement extending "its sincerest thoughts and prayers to the Benoit family's relatives and loved ones in this time of tragedy."

Benoit had been scheduled to perform at the "Vengeance" pay-per-view event Sunday night in Houston, but was replaced at the last minute because of what announcer Jim Ross called "personal reasons."

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  • by nancy Location: pennsylvania on Jul 9, 2007 at 05:18 PM
    i was so stuned when i heard the news, i cried..nothing seemes to make sense..r the police sure , or r they overlooking things. just because steroids r in the mix,, is that all the further they r going to check? i think chris was a fine wrestler and will miss him. for all the yrs he worked so hard, he should be in the hall of fame. don't judge before all the facts r in. im' 71 yrs & i watched him for yrs.
  • by Joan Location: Colorado Springs on Jun 27, 2007 at 12:22 PM
    This is a real shame. What motive could a man his size have for killing his wife and a defenseless 7 yr old who was on growth hormones because he was too small. Chris Benoit was just a punk! May God bless his wife and child in heaven.
  • by bobby Location: north charleston on Jun 26, 2007 at 11:55 AM
    i don't believe chris benoit killed his family or his self he loved his family even the other superstars said so and he will be missed alot b/c i cried when i saw it on tv and i wish it wasn't true but now him and eddie G will be together again. Chris benoit i will miss you.
  • by Eric Location: Colorado Springs on Jun 25, 2007 at 08:57 PM
    KKTV, Thank you so very much for reporting this story locally. It means a lot to all WWE wrestling fans in the area. Although tragicically KKTV has shown the interest in headlining this top story and keeping local wrestling fans informaed, no other news group would have done this for us. Thanks Loyal WWE and Chris Beniot Fan Eric
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