Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Wrestling Double Murder-Suicide

Pro wrestler Chris Benoit, 40, killed his wife Nancy, 43, and the couples seven-year-old son, Daniel, Saturday or Sunday then killed himself Monday morning.

A gun was reportedly "not used in any of the deaths" and Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution details of the deaths "are going to prove a little bizarre."

Friends of the family were said to have received "several curious text messages sent by Benoit early Sunday morning," triggering WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) officials to ask authorities to check on the family. This is when all three bodies were found: Benoit in the weight room, Nancy in the office and Daniel in an upstairs bedroom -- the result of a double murder-suicide. It is being reported Benoit strangled his wife, smothered his son and then hanged himself.

They'll definitely be checking his system for steroids - a huge problem in the world of wrestling and other physically demanding sports/entertainment.

UPDATE: Officials have spoken out about the deaths and are saying anabolic steroids were found in the home. Also, he may have killed his wife Friday (her feet and wrists were bound), the son on Saturday or Sunday, and himself not long after that. A Bible was placed next to each of the victims (wife and son) - both were asphyxiated. The autopsies are still being performed so the exact timeline is open until the autopsies have been completed. No suicide note has been found.

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