WWE Wrestler Chris Benoit … Roid Rage? Strangled Wife, suffocated Son and Hung Himself


When Chris Benoit, his wife Nancy and their son Daniel were all found dead in their Fayetteville County, GA home in suburban Atlanta, the speculation began of murder – suicide and whether steroids could have been a factor. Today we learned the tragic story that Chris Benoit strangled his wife, suffocated his son and then took his own life by hanging himself.


(Benoit Residence)

Autopsies showed all three died of asphyxiation, Pope said.

Benoit’s wife, Nancy, was killed Friday in an upstairs family room, her feet and wrists were bound and there was blood under her head, indicating a possible struggle, Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard said.

The son, Daniel, was likely killed late Saturday or early Sunday, the body found in his bed, Ballard said.

Benoit apparently killed himself several hours and as long as a day later, Ballard said. His body was found in a downstairs weight room, his body found hanging from the pulley of a piece of exercise equipment. (Breitbart)


Investigators did recover anobolic steroids from the Benoit residence. The question remains and will be speculated for some time, did steroids cause Chris Benoit become unhinged and kill his family and himself due to ROID RAGE?

Investigators found prescription anabolic steroids in the house and want to know whether the muscle man nicknamed “The Canadian Crippler” was unhinged by the bodybuilding drugs, which can cause paranoia, depression and explosive outbursts known as “roid rage.”Steroids2

Short term effects of steroids

Long term effects of steroids

It would appear that Vince Mc Mahon and The WWE is in cover their ass mode as they lash out at the media for speculating that steroids had anything to do with the double murder – suicide. 

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) issued a strongly worded statement Tuesday night condemning media speculation that steroids had anything to do with the homicides and suicide. (Fox News)

Oh yea Vince, like wrestling and the WWE doesn’t have a track record of athletes that have died of complications to steroid use. All in the name of sports entertainment so that the WWE and you can make millions. That’s entertainment.Wwe2

“In World Wrestling Entertainment, a lot of these athletes are dying at six times the rate of other human beings, most of them from cardiovascular disease,” Goldberg said. “There’s a bunch of them who died at young ages, in their 30s and early 40s.”

Isn’t this priceless, The WWE press release calling the media sensationalistic for how they speculated about the potential role “roid rage”. The WWE and Vince Mc Mahon calling others sensationalist when that is how Vince makes his money. Mr. Mc Mahon, you may want to dress up like a “pot” or a “kettle” for your next bit.


Actually Vince Mc Mahon, what do you call it when you play a tribute to a wrestler when you all but knew at the time of the airing that Chris Benoit had most likely murdered his wife and child? Needed to bleed that last advertizing dollar out of that wrestler’s memory before he was forever tainted.

Mc Mahon apology … Actually Vince, you have a lot more than this to apologize for.

The circumstances of the murders and the drawn out nature over the course of the weekend are more than bizarre as the fatal time line played out.

The prosecutor said he found it “bizarre” that the WWE wrestling star spread out the killings over a weekend and appeared to remain in the house for up to a day with the bodies. Ballard told ESPN.com that investigators smelled what they ascertained to be decomposing bodies when they entered the home. The varying degrees of decomposition between the bodies helped indicate the staggered times of death.

Toxicology test results may not be available for weeks or even months, he said. As for whether steroids played a role in the crime, he said: “We don’t know yet. That’s one of the things we’ll be looking at.” (ESPN)

UPDATE I: WWE Laywer Jerry McDevitt Being Rather Talkative and shifting blame Away from Steroids

Jerry McDevitt, an attorney for the WWE, publicly revealed that Benoit’s 7-year-old son, Daniel, was suffering from Fragile X syndrome, a genetic disorder that can result in a range of medical conditions, both internally and externally. The boy’s physical condition, McDevitt said, was taking a difficult toll on Benoit and his wife, Nancy.

“I don’t know what he confronted when he went back into the house,” McDevitt said. “No one really knows that. We’ll have to see. Clearly this issue of the son was a stressor on both relationships for some time.”  (ABC News)

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    22 Responses to “WWE Wrestler Chris Benoit … Roid Rage? Strangled Wife, suffocated Son and Hung Himself”

    1. yoyo muffintop on June 27th, 2007 1:00 am

      You’re not blaming Vince McMahon or the WWE for the hideous death of these 2 people I hope. Chris Benoit did the sickest thing imaginable – he killed his own child. I hope he’s down below right now with Saddam.
      “Isn’t this priceless, The WWE press release calling the media sensationalistic for how they speculated about the potential role “roid rage”. The WWE and Vince Mc Mahon calling others sensationalist when that is how Vince makes his money. Mr. Mc Mahon, you may want to dress up like a “pot” or a “kettle” for your next bit.”
      The WWE is entertainment and is supposed to be sensationalistic. It’s fake. Murder is real life and should not be sensationalized. Vince is right.

    2. Glaswegian on June 27th, 2007 2:58 am

      I agree completely — the WWE is certainly sensationalistic and over the top, but people know that and make a choice to watch — or not. This man obviously made choices in his life that ultimately ended not only his life but those of his family. How terribly sad that this man had a son and couldn’t be proud of him. I had heard previously about how small his son (no, I’m not a fan, just read it somewhere)was and obviously he felt he had to medicate his son to make him be the person his father wanted him to be. No one should have to take dangerous growth hormone to be something that they aren’t, especially at an age where it obviously can’t be their choice.

      But no, as yoyo says, this is all about Mr. Benoit and his choices, nothing to do with the “sport” of wrestling itself or the WWE


      SM: Agreed … it is all about personal choice. However, when it is so obvious that steroids are being used (which I might add is illegal in the US) one has to also throw liability toward those in charge that simply allow it.

      The Benoit murders prove a sad truth regarding steroids. Its not just the individual who is affected when one is so stupid to use steroids. The affects of steroids can be deadly to the user and others as we have now witnessed.


    3. Scared Monkeys on June 27th, 2007 7:25 am

      Vince Mc Mahon has looked the other way as many irresponsible people in power have in baseball, football and other sports.

      Money over safety.

      Ah Muffintop … Vince Mc Mahon knowingly put out a tribute video when he had every indication what Benoit had done to his family. Then he reaired it on the west coast when he all but knew.

      Vince is a gem. You obvioulsy have no background into who this man really is.

    4. Miss-Underestimated on June 27th, 2007 8:05 am

      I was half way listening to TV last night and there was a mention of like, 60 wrestlers died because of steroids and drugs?

      It’s alway about the money. BUT, the leaders needs to set the standards. I detected in WWE’s FP that Mr. Machan, was preparing for a huge wave of scrunity, prolly justifiable.

      Jon Stewart former wrestler stated drugs and steroids run rampant among the wrestlers and the BOSS knows.

    5. Para2legal on June 27th, 2007 8:17 am

      Set the steroid issue aside for a moment and think about this: In over the top situations if a woman leaves a man he will kill the entire family including himself. And also in extreme situations if another woman is in the picture he’ll kill the family but not himself.

    6. Miss-Underestimated on June 27th, 2007 9:30 am


      I agree, and women will kill their kids for other men (Susan Smith) or because of another women that their husband is involved with, (a doctors wife poisoned and killed her kids because her husband was going to leave for the drs. nurse, but she did not kill herself, revenge to the husband?)

      Some women under the influence and/or postpartum will kill the kids and themselves.

      It strikes me, that in a society that has a program for everything and loads of help for just about anything, that these ppl feel so isolated and desperate.

      I wonder if it is stigma that keeps ppl for seeking help?
      Or are their people so engrossed with themselves that they look at their families as hinderances (Vaughn)

      In the case of Chris Benoit, I beleive that it is steroids and prolly and element of character control, remember Nancy Benoit filed for divorce based on abuse. It baffles me, why ppl will kill their children, is there any other animal that kills their kids?

    7. John Staton on June 27th, 2007 9:33 am

      Hay everybody, we are about to honor one of the biggest “juicers” in history. When that scum bag Barry breaks the home run record of a true great. Yes we are all expected to bow down before him. He is a vile bastard (his own team mates hate him) but was such from childhood. If anyone should qualify for “roid rage” it would be him. Yet there is no evidence of his behavior being any more vile than it has been all of his life.

      We have NFL animals busting up night clubs and fighting with police all of the time but is it “roid rage”? I doubt that.

      My adult life has been spent as an athletic competitor, coach, official and trainer. I have been in gyms, all during this time. Have there been individuals around me that are using substances not so legal? Do camels have humps? All during this time I have never seen evidence of “roid rage” by anyone.

      The abuse causes physical damage to the individual abusing, especially over time. They should be avoided by everyone. But rage, highly doubt that.

    8. Nut44x4 on June 27th, 2007 9:34 am





      Just posting recent news…I hold no opinion at this time on the use of ‘roids’ in this case. My thoughts now are with the remaining family members in this horrific situation. May you find some peace, somehow.

    9. Freebrid on June 27th, 2007 9:44 am

      For a parent to take their own childs life, he had to be over the top. His wife had tried to divorce him between that and the drugs(steroids) same diffrence, he snipped. From what I saw of him on T.V. he don’t take NO very well. Shall I say maybe controling! I feel sorry for the wife and child but not for him! He made a chose, and it was selfish!! God bless the wife and child and their familes who have to deal with this. We will keep you in our prays!

    10. Tim on June 27th, 2007 10:36 am

      GREAT column in Sports Illustrated today:


      For those of you who continue to deify Benoit just because he entertained you…take a more critical look at him and his boss, Vince McMahon. Steroids are illegal unless prescribed by a physician. And McMahon has a long history of supporting steroid abuse as, in his “sport” or entertainment industry, “size sells”. And for those of you trying to separate Benoit the man from Benoit the performer and say they are two entirely different animals, let’s go to school on his very own words; “Wrestling is my mistress. It’s my passion. It defines who I am as a person”.

      The S.I. column sums it up best. “That’s why McMahon’s declarations of cleaning up the sport seem to be about as genuine as O.J.’s quest to find the real killer. Size sells, and until people tire of seeing 300-pound men being choked and slammed through tables, steroids will continue to be readily available to professional wrestlers. Unless, of course, McMahon is forced to take stiffer action.

      His three-hour “tribute” to Benoit on Monday night was a travesty. I can’t speak to the man Chris Benoit was before last weekend, but the man he finished as was a murderer who took his wife away from her family and his 7-year-old son away from the world. If Congress — which has involved itself in the fight against steroid abuse before — is looking for something to do, there is a billion dollar industry with an enormous fan base that needs fixing.

      Call professional wrestling sports or call it entertainment, but whatever you call it, realize that people are dying in it. They are dying because they believe bigger muscles lead to bigger paychecks. But no one is telling them that they can’t spend a nickel of it if they are dead”.

    11. Just Bearly on June 27th, 2007 11:05 am

      A cousin of mine passed on a week ago at age 62. I dont think he ever overcame his Heroin addiction, which he also served time for in the state penn. The family now looks past his transgressions and remembers him for the good.

      Where I’m going with this is … the tribute to Benoit on Monday night is not so terrible despite the tragedy of his crime and sins. For a few hours or in the short term, maybe we can forgive and separate the man from his addiction, and remember him for what was good.

      I too would aggree that it is unacceptable for McMahon to minimize, or turn a blind eye a day later if in fact steroids were a contributing factor in Benoits’ mental health at the time of the murders & suicide. VKM ought to go down another avenue and take a more vested interest in the health and wellness of all his athletes(or entertainers) both now and long into the future….

    12. Miss-Underestimated on June 27th, 2007 11:45 am

      Just had to add this thought. Nancy was fully aware of the perils in the Wrestling Industry. See was married to another wrestler when she met Chris. I am not defending Benoit, but what I am saying is that, she was aware of the perils. She should have left the first time with the little boy.

    13. Anonymous on June 27th, 2007 1:50 pm

      Okay the followin posting is supposed to go to April Hunter, but I didn’t want to give her my email address, per my request not to ever hear from her. I shouldn’t have even looked at her comment on the Benoit news, because I knew it would be another ignorant comment from a bosom filled blonde…not to say they are the only ones in the wrestling world who make such comments. My overall point is that I’m tired of having wrestling fans assure me that wrestlers are not on steroids when they are or at least could be. Who actually knows if they are tested? Who tests them? The WWE? Who, by the way, would be biased then and have no reason to tell the truth, I agree with the person who said they are in cover ass mode, even if it is true that he was on steroids up until his death, we’ll never be told that. Besides which, Benoit’s wife filed for divorce in 2003, but took back the complaint because he threatened her. THis is the start of the aggressive behavior people! Roid Rage can be long term…more specifically if steroids are taken for long periods of time, they can increase aggression until they stop taking them. So yes, it can last longer than a weekend. Am I saying Benoit was a bad person? No, I’m just tired of people continuing to take steroids after such much evidence states they are bad for you. Plus, it’s like any addiction…I’m sure that his core self was a great person…he just took a drug, perhaps, and this drug bought out the worst of him. Please don’t read into this and say I’m bad mouthing him, I’m not, I’m bad mouthing the effects of the drug and I, unlike some, are acknowledging that yes people take steroids and yes they have extremely harmful effects.

      April Hunter-
      Okay I just felt I should comment on your article about Roid Rage. First off, you’re right, they do use steriods for medical purposes nowadays, however I think you’re really ignorant to say this is bad, when you’re not comparing the dose amounts or length of time, both of which are less than the typical person who uses steriods as a means to improve preformance. Is using steroids in the medical field for medical purposes a good thing? I would think most doctors would agree, it’s a last resort and it’s always carefully monitored. With this thought in mind, maybe you should do some research before you write an article. Steroids has been numerously tested and all research indicates that indeed they can cause aggression, especially with people that are already somewhat aggressive and especially in cases where it is taken for long periods of time. Therefore, yes Roid Rage is a true thing and yes it can happen…and yes it can happen for long periods of time, namely an entire weekend. Therefore it is possible that Benoit was on steriods and it caused him to kill his wife and son (by the way, you say “Rest in peace” at the end of the article…you forgot to mention his 7 year old son as well). You get tired of people not accusing roid rage, I get tired of people not acknowledging that Roid Rage is possible and that wrestlers and athletes are on it…even if Benoit was on sterroids and that was the cause of his death and his family’s death, the WWE will not allow that information to be released and it will go on pretending and denying that their wrestlers are not on preformance enhancing drugs. And don’t even try to tell me they test for it, because the truth is that is what they say, but no one really knows…after all, they are the ones testing for it, so they are biased to begin with.

      Do me a favor. I don’t want you to respond to this email, because I think you’re ignorant and don’t want to hear your ignorant arguments…instead do some research and then write a new and updated article.


    14. Para2legal on June 27th, 2007 2:20 pm

      #7 – I agree with what a sports announcer in my city said – the way Bonds should redeem himself is to retire before he breaks the record. He’s a big-time cheater and everyone knows it. Or here’s one better. When he does break the record everyone in the stadium should rise and stand with their back to him…no applause…just silence.
      And no, I never have and never will understand how anyone can sexually or verbally abuse or kill a child. I just don’t get it.

    15. Miss-Underestimated on June 27th, 2007 3:43 pm

      Needle marks were found in Daniel’s arm, said Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard. He said authorities suspect “that the boy had been taking growth hormones for quite some time,” and are hoping to prove that with toxicology. The boy, Ballard said, was diagnosed with a form of dwarfism.

      Daniel was found face down on his bed, but authorities said they do not know whether he was sleeping when he was killed. Ballard said authorities believe the child was asphyxiated using a choke hold. Benoit hung himself using the cord on a portable weight machine, Ballard said.

    16. MIss-Underestimated on June 27th, 2007 9:02 pm

      Rick Hoyt

      What fathers do for the love of their children, help, not kill


      My Hero

    17. Brenda on June 28th, 2007 7:57 am

      Hey Anonymous,

      Take your blonde comment and shove it up you knuckle dragging, masterbating, fat slob, uneducated and cousin-mating a$$.

      If you ain’t guessed yet, I’m blonde. Funny you men find us so stupid (I’m a RPGILE programmer/analyst for an ERP application on an iSeries…know that that is moron? Doubt it.)

      Funnier yet, they think we are dumb because of the color of our hair. Yes…typical brilliant deduction from a male who only thinks he’s a man. Yet, they will chase us around with their tiny peckers wagging around in their britches as if we want them!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    18. sam beedie on June 30th, 2007 1:22 pm

      wat if its a conspiracy??? it could of been set up all along and all of them murdered!!

    19. Mik on June 30th, 2007 6:27 pm

      My prayers go out to Benoit’s family. Should I say they go out to the family of his wife and son he murdered. It made me so sad to once again picture someone looking into the eyes of the person that should protect and love them forever as that very person is taking away their life. His wife and then hours later to choke your seven year old son with your own hands as he most certainly squirmed and tried to beg for his life from his “daddy”. For the man you love to become the boogeyman is the sickest saddest thing. My heart goes out to all who will not have these people in their life anymore. Steroids or no steroids it makes me ill!

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