Skip to comments.WWE STAR CHRIS BENOIT, HIS WIFE AND FAMILY FOUND DEAD IN ATLANTA
Posted on 06/25/2007 3:53:58 PM PDT by HitmanLV
We are still awaiting further details, but PWInsider.com is extremely saddened to report that former WWE and WCW World champion Chris Benoit and his wife, former WCW and ECW personality Nancy "Woman" Benoit were both found dead today in Atlanta, Georgia. Obviously this will be a huge developing story in the days to come but at this point, we'd like to express our deepest condolences to the Benoits' family, friends, and fans at this time.
A meeting is currently ongoing at WWE TV and it is expected that tonight's three hour Raw will now be dedicated to Benoit's memory.
6:09 Update: WWE.com issued the following statement this afternoon:
"WWE is sad to report that Chris Benoit and his family have been found dead in their home. Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths. Tonight's Raw will be a tribute to Chris and his family."
Keeping them in my prayers. RIP
Wow no way!. Benoit was awesome, one of the few real wrestlers in WWF / WWE. Sad to see him gone :(
Real Name: Chris Michael Benoit
Past Gimmicks: Pegasus Kid, Wild Pegasus
Nicknames: Rabid Wolverine, Canadian Crippler, Gap Tooth Moron, Mr Roboto, For Real
Current Title Holding: None
Quote: “Prove me wrong!”
Weight: 220 lbs.
Date of birth: May 21, 1967
From: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Resides: Atlanta, Georgia
Pro debut: December 1985
Trained by: Stu Hart’s Dungeon & New Japan Pro Wrestling Dojo
Finishing move: Crippler Crossface
Former Member of: Radicalz, 4 Horsemen, Chris Jericho & Chris Benoit, Upstarts, The Revolution, Triple Threat, Junior Horsemen
He, wife and I think their child are dead. I’d suspect foul play. :(
All three dead....that sounds ominous.
A terrible loss. WWE.com is acknowledging it, now.
I just can’t believe it...
Were they murdered?
On June 25, 2007 Benoit was found dead in his home, along with his wife, Nancy and his son, Daniel
This is all within 2 weeks of Vince McMahon staging his tv death, too. A week or so ago, female wrestler/manager Sherri Martel (Sensational Sherri, Scary Sherri, Queen Sherri, Sister Sherri, etc) passed away at her home, too.
I wonder if McMahon knew something was up and wanted out?
It's a shame -- I remember seeing him when I was in college, at the ECW Arena (I miss the Alhambra) during his first ECW run, and again in Pensacola, during a WCW run. He was one HECK of a performer. You always got the sense that he was giving it all to entertain the crowd.
Did we ever find out what killed "Scary Sherri?"
Did not McMahon recently state he wanted pro wrestling more like UFC?
(Not that it’s related to this story)
Yeah he was a great performer!
Says all three found dead - that’s either foul play or a gas leak or something. My gut says this will be more than an accident.
Murder? All three dead. Either a terrible accident, murder-suicide, or murder, I would suspect.
Not a fan, but prayers for the family and relatives for an apparent bad ending to what sounds like a totally undeserved end.....May the good LORD give them solace....
He missed a PPV match last night and it was announced that he was missing due to family reasons. Unfortunately it’s pointing to some type of foul play.
We are working to find out details from Fayette County and Peachtree City authorities.
Here’s what I have written so far (which, admittedly isn’t much).
I met and hung out with Kevin Sullivan and (then) wife Nancy at a pro wrestling convention in NYC area (an airport hotel, I think) in summer 1991, right before Flair arrived in the WWF. Kevin was an awesome guy and she was very nice. Better times - their marriage ended after Nancy & Benoit became romantically involved.
I was at a WCW show at the meadowlands where they had a Wargames and Flair no-showed and Sullivan subbed for him. Sullivan’s crazy violent antics ended up saving the show, who was hostile at not seeing Flair live. I mentioned to Kevin that “you know, I don’t know if you remember, but you single-handedly saved that card in the meadowlands a while back with your work in that Wargames.”
He smiled broadly and said (sincerely) “I know I did! Thank you very much for remembering that.” Nice guy.
Pre-ECW, around January 1992 I think, I attended a wrestling convention in Pennsylvania, where they were in attendance also. That evening had a show headlined by Terry Funk and Eddie Gilbert (RIP, also). I think it was under the older ECW banner, East Coast Wrestling.
Wrestling was cooler back then. Actually, it was the best back in 1970s. :-)
Word is tonight's planned 3-hour memorial for Vince McMahon is now dedicated to Beniot. I hope he nips the 'Vince is dead' angle once and for all, too.
Did we ever find out what killed "Scary Sherri?"
I just got the latest issue of the Observer on Friday and it ran the story, but not many details other than she was found dead at her home. I don't think foul play is involved. He usually has good follow-ups and will run a full obit in about 1-2 weeks, I'd guess. We will know more then.
He wanted the refs to have more credibility and call matches as if they were 'real,' more like UFC refs.
Yes, very strange.
Thanks for the reply.
I am stunned. Wrestling & death seem to have some force that drives them together. I’ve never seen anything like it. They just found Sherri dead. I can’t believe they’re all gone. Prayers up for the family.
Vince better knock that idiotic storyline off.
Either murder, or carbon monoxide poisoning.
Are you absolutely sure this is a legit story? I did some Yahoo and Google searching and found nothing—EXCEPT on wrestling websites. I even checked the Atlanta Journal-Constitution website, and there was nothing. WWE has been known to use fake deaths as part of a storyline.
Dave is very reliable. When I heard about Sherri that’s the first place I went.
Thanks so much!
PW Headlines stated that Benoit called in to WWE Sunday and said he would be unable to make it back as his family was ill and they were spitting up blood.
We're waiting on a return call from Fayette County right now. If it's fake, I'll yank it and post an apology. But we were tipped off by NBC who has been bugging us for more info.
True but doing so right after Sherri’s death would be low. Even for Vince.
I'm think CO.
There was a report that he had to fly home for a family emergency and that his family was really sick according to his friend Bill Aptner.
The ‘Vince is Dead’ storyline was always bad, now it’s unfathomably bad. He better end it, tonight.
Benoit family found dead The WWE just told its talent and released on its web site that Chris Benoit was found dead by Atlanta police.
Benoit, wife Nancy aka Woman and son Daniel were all found dead. We have no other details at this moment. It is believed that Chris Benoit's two other children were in Canada.
This is real, sadly.
We’ll know in about 15 minutes. He needs to personally walk out there.
I’ve been an on-again, off-again (mostly on) subscriber to the Observer since around 1986. I would get the newsletter in my college mailbox! Dave is reporting it as real on his website - this is real. :(
First I have heard of that. Take it with a grain of salt for now. We will know more in the coming days. Thanks for sharing it. Sad, sad story, any way it goes.
He better walk out there. Too many wrestlers and deaths to kid about it. Last week was in extremely poor taste, on the heels of Sherri passing, no less.
My prayers go up for Chris Benoit and family.
This is a terrible tragedy and he truly was one of the best
professional wrestlers of our time.
This seems to be true.
On the wwe site it already has mentioned tonigt will be a memorial show for Chris.
My brother just called and said Vince came out.
The news is at the top of the news wires on radio, too.
I’m in shock.
AJC just now reporting the story, saying that authorities have confirmed it (they got his age wrong, though):
Pro wrestler, family found dead in Fayetteville home
By Saeed Ahmed, Kathy Jefcoats
The Atlanta-Journal Constitution
Published on: 06/25/07
A professional wrestler and his family were found dead inside their house in Fayette County Monday afternoon.
Authorities confirmed that Chris Benoit, his wife, Nancy and their 7-year-old son were found dead at the home on Quarters and Redwine roads in Fayetteville about 4 p.m.
Officials would not say how the family died, other than to say they weren’t shot to death.
Benoit, 30, was a Canadian wrestler who most recently fought as part of the World Wrestling Entertainment.
The organization said on its Web site said that Monday night’s broadcast of “Raw” on the USA Network will “serve as a tribute to Chris Benoit and his family.”
He did. Vince finally showed some class. The arena is empty. The entire show is dedicated to Chris.
Thanks. We will learn more on this story in the coming days and weeks, I am sure.
I’m impressed that he showed the class to break kayfbee.
Empty arena show? That’s eerie.
The backlash if he didn’t would probably be unbelievable.
I haven’t watched much wrestling in recent years, but I saw a lot of Benoit about ten years ago. He was one of the best, most technically talented wrestlers I’ve seen in the last 35 years.
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