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June 25, 2007

WWE Wrestler Chris Benoit, Wife Nancy and Son Daniel Found Dead in Their Atlanta, GA Home (Murder – Suicide???)

Posted in: Bizarre,Crime,Deceased,Murder,Sports

Its a case of professional wrestling meeting the grim reality of the real world. WWE BenoitSuper-star wrestler, Chris Benoit, his wife Nancy and their son Daniel were all found dead in their Fayetteville County, GA home in suburban Atlanta. Canadian born Chris Benoit, known to many wrestling fans as the “Rabid Wolverine” and his families deaths are being investigated as a homicide.

The police are not releasing any further details at this time.

“There are no further details at this time, other than the Benoit family residence is currently being investigated by local authorities,” the WWE statement said on its website.

WWE said information about the deaths came from “authorities” in Fayetteville County, Ga. A spokesman for the Peachtree City Police Department said he had no information on the report, telling a reporter to contact his superior on Tuesday. (CTV)

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WWE professional wrestler Chris Benoit his wife Nancy and their 7-year-old son were found dead in their home near White Water Country Club in Fayette County on Monday afternoon.

Lieutenant Tommy Pope of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department said the three were found about 2:30 p.m., but he would release no other details.

Police are investigating the deaths as a homicide. (11 Alive)

WWE wrestler Chris Benoit and family found dead

“Wrestling has consumed my life,” Benoit said in a 2004 WWE career retrospective video. “Wrestling is my mistress. It’s my passion. It defines who I am as a person.”

WWE last night canceled its scheduled live 3-hour “Monday Night RAW” program, which coincidentally was originally billed as a “memorial service” for WWE chairman Vince McMahon, whose character was recently killed off in a controversial scripted storyline.

McMahon opened the show from center ring in an empty arena and clarified that Benoit and his family had died “in reality.” McMahon called Benoit “one of the greatest WWE superstars of all-time.” (News Day)

Update I: AJC: Officials were investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide.

From Fox News: “Officials were not commenting to the press on the case otherwise, but the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported cops saying the deaths were not gun-related.”

Update II: From the Fayetteville Citizen News: Wrestler, family found dead

Ballard said sheriff’s deputies were called to the Benoit home around 2:30 p.m. after another wrestler called the sheriff’s department asking them to check on the family because Benoit had failed to show up for an event in another state. When deputies got to the Benoit home off Quarters Road, they smelled the odor of decaying bodies, Ballard said.

The family’s bodies were found inside the home, Ballard confirmed.

“Every indication is that this is a murder-suicide,” Ballard said, adding that additional investigation still has to take place before a final determination can be made.

Ballard said when he heard that a young child was killed, it “just tore my guts out.

Update III: Details of the deaths of Chris Benoit, his wife and their 7-year-old son may seem “a little bizarre”

Authorities were investigating the deaths at a secluded Fayette County home as a murder-suicide and were not seeking any suspects outside the home.

Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “The details, when they come out, are going to prove a little bizarre.”

Those details may emerge after the completion of autopsies scheduled for Tuesday.

Investigators believe Benoit, (pronounced ben-WAH,) killed his wife and son over the weekend and then himself sometime Monday. The bodies were found Monday afternoon in three different rooms of the house on Green Meadow Lane, in a subdivision off a gravel road about two miles from Whitewater Country Club. (Houston Chronicle)

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