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    War/Terrorism For those of you who watch Pro wrestling: Chris Benoit found dead with family

    Wrestling Champ Chris Benoit Found Dead with Family
    Death Comes a Day After Wrestler Canceled Pay-Per-View Appearance
    June 25, 2007

    Wrestling star Chris Benoit, his wife, Nancy, and their 7-year-old son Daniel were found dead in their suburban Atlanta home Monday. Authorities are investigating the deaths as homicides.

    Benoit, 40, was scheduled to spar against C.M. Punk in a pay-per-view event Sunday night in Houston for the Extreme Champion Wrestling title. But Benoit canceled before the event, citing personal reasons.

    Lt. Tommy Pope of the Fayette County Sheriff's Department told ABC News that Benoit had missed several appointments over the weekend, leading concerned parties to ask police to do a "welfare check."

    When sheriffs arrived at the Benoit home, they found the wrestler, his wife, and their son dead.

    There was no sign of gunshot wounds or stabbing, according to Pope. But they are not ruling out other causes, such as poisoning, suffocation, or strangulation. Pope noted he was not confirming any of these causes just not ruling them out at this time.

    An autopsy has been scheduled for Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. However, it could be weeks before there is a result.

    A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Benoit was known in the ring as the "Canadian Crippler."

    Following the announcement of the discovery, World Wrestling Entertainment issued a statement: "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."

    WWE announced that it would drop its planned line-up on the USA Network to air a three-hour tribute to Benoit.

    In a sport known for bravado and bullying, Benoit was very much beloved and respected by his peers. He was passionate about his profession and served as a mentor to many younger, up-and-coming performers. As an indication of how much the fans enjoyed him, when the crowd in Houston's Toyota Center learned Sunday night that he wouldn't be there, they chanted, "We want Benoit!"

    Benoit's wife was also in the wrestling business as a valet and manager. She was known as "Woman." The two met while they both worked for the now-defunct World Championship Wrestling, which was owned by Ted Turner until Vince McMahon's WWE bought it out.


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    I gave up on pro wrestling LONG ago but I hear that this guy was pretty famous so I thought I'd put this story up for anyone who might be interested.

    RIP, Chris.

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    I've definately heard the name before, so he must be famous.

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    Him and his family, it's really a shame. I hope they catch the fuckers that did it.

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    RIP, I liked watching the guy
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    I'd be questioning Hulk Hogan and the NWO .

    Seriously a sad loss .
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    FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- WWE wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife, and son were found dead Monday and police said they were investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide.

    Detective Bo Turner told television station WAGA that the case was being treated as a murder-suicide, but said that couldn't be confirmed until evidence was examined by a crime lab.

    The station said that investigators believe the 40-year-old Benoit killed his wife, Nancy, and 7-year-old son, Daniel, over the weekend, then himself on Monday. A neighbor called police, and the bodies were found in three rooms.

    Lead investigator Lt. Tommy Pope, of the Fayette County Sheriff's Department, told The Associated Press the deaths were being investigated as homicide, and that the causes of death awaited autopsy results on Tuesday. Pope said the bodies were discovered about 2:30 p.m., but refused to release details.

    The house is in a secluded neighborhood set back about 60 yards off a gravel road, surrounded by stacked stone wall and a double-iron gate. On Monday night, the house was dark except for a few outside lights. There was a police car in front, along with two uniformed officers.

    Benoit was a former world heavyweight and Intercontinental champion. He also held several tag-team titles during his career.

    "WWE extends its sincerest thoughts and prayers to the Benoit family's relatives and loved ones in this time of tragedy," the federation said in a statement on its Web site.

    Benoit was 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."

    The native of Canada maintained a home in metro Atlanta from the time he wrestled for the defunct World Championship Wrestling.

    The WWE canceled its live Monday Night RAW card in Corpus Christi, Texas, and USA Network aired a three-hour tribute to Benoit in place of the scheduled wrestling telecast.

    "My relationship with Chris has extended many years and I consider him a great friend," Carl DeMarco, the president of WWE Canada, said in a statement. "Chris was always first-class -- warm, friendly, caring and professional one of the best in our business."


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    According to a police press statement, this looks like it could have been a murder suicide.

    Also, I suspect Steroids as the primary culprit here.
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    Chris Benoit was a great technical wrestler. His matches with Kirt Angle were outstanding in that they did not rely on stupid stunts but on athleticism.

    It will be interesting to hear the final police report.

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    Fox News just reported that Benoit strangled his wife and kid and then hung himself.

    :*(

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    So far it's only Fox News reporting it.

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