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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