Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Chris Benoit and Family Found Dead in Atlanta

The details are still coming in but Chris Benoit along with his wife Nancy, 43, and their 7-year old son Daniel were found dead in their suburban Atlanta home on Monday afternoon. Multiple news sources are reporting that the incident is being investigated as a murder-suicide.

Benoit was supposed to wrestle C.M. Punk during Sunday night's WWE Vengeance pay-per-view for the ECW World Title. However he was unable to attend the event due to what the WWE described as "personal reasons."

World Wrestling Entertainment released this statement on Monday:

"World Wrestling Entertainment was informed today by authorities in Fayette County, Ga., that WWE Superstar Chris Benoit, his wife, Nancy, and his son were found dead in their home. Authorities are investigating, but no other details are available at this time.

Instead of its announced programming for Monday on USA Network, WWE aired a three-hour tribute to Chris Benoit.

Chris was beloved among his fellow Superstars, and was a favorite among WWE fans for his unbelievable athleticism and wrestling ability. He always took great pride in his performance, and always showed respect for the business he loved, for his peers and towards his fans. This is a terrible tragedy and an unbearable loss.

WWE extends its sincere condolences and prayers to the Benoit family and loved ones in this time of tragedy."

A year and a half ago one of Benoit's closest personal friends Eddie Guerrero died of a heart attack in his hotel room the morning before he was scheduled to win back the World Heavyweight Championship during the Survivor Series pay-per-view.

The pinnacle of Benoit's career came during Wrestlemania XX when he defeated Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship and celebrated in the middle of the ring with Eddie Guerrero.


TJ said...

Im really in shock here how people are acting like he didnt kill anybody.

He snuffed out the life of his 7yr old son and killed his wife. And WWE gives him a 3 hour tribute. The guy is a murderer stop treating it like he just killed himself.

Hes not worth of an accolades or praise, I dont care what he did in his 40 years previous to this. None of his good deeds can diminish the fact he is a kid and woman killer.

As far as I'm concerned F him and everyone who still thinks he a great guy.

Anonymous said...

Very intelligent post..."hes not worth of an accolades or praise" how about "he's not worthy of accolades or praise". Benoit was under the influence of a drug that can cause depression. He was not "all there".