Chris Benoit found dead (Updated)

Chris BenoitAccording to lead investigator Lt. Tommy Pope, of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, in Fayetteville, Ga., the deaths of WWE Superstar Chris Benoit, wife Nancy and son Daniel were the result of a double murder-suicide, WWE.com has learned.

Benoit failed to appear both at Saturday’s live event in Beaumont, Tx., and WWE’s Vengeance: Night of Champions in Houston Sunday night, after informing WWE of a family emergency. Several curious text messages sent by Benoit early Sunday morning prompted concerned friends to alert Richard Hering, VP of Government Relations for WWE, Inc. Hering, in turn, spoke with Fayette County sheriffs Monday, and requested that they respond to the Benoit residence to check on him and his family.

Authorities representing the Sheriff’s Department initially had a difficult time entering Benoit’s new Fayetteville home Monday afternoon, which had been guarded by two large German Shepherds roaming freely around the property. Once authorities entered the residence, they quickly located the bodies of Benoit, Nancy and Daniel. WWE was notified of the discovery at approximately 4 p.m.

At 10 p.m. Monday night, Lt. Pope held a press conference in conjunction with Scott Ballard, the district attorney for Fayette County. The press conference officially ruled authorities’ findings as a double murder-suicide from within the home.

WAGA, a FOX-owned and operated television station in Atlanta, reported that investigators believe Benoit killed his wife and 7-year-old son over the weekend, then himself on Monday.

The three bodies have been received by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab, in Decatur, Ga., where autopsies will be performed Tuesday morning. Toxicology reports will not become available for at least two weeks.

» WWE.com

Tämä on suorastaan kuin pahaa unta. Ei tämä voi olla totta. Mikä ihmeessä saa pitkän, erinomaisen uran luonneen sekä kehässä ja sen ulkopuolella kunnioitusta saavan ihmisen tekemään tuollaisen teon?

UPDATE (22:20):

Pro wrestler Chris Benoit strangled his wife and smothered his son before hanging himself in his weight room, a law enforcement official close to the investigation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Authorities also said they are investigating whether steroids may have been a factor in the deaths of Benoit, his wife and their 7-year-old son. Steroid abuse has been linked to depression, paranoia, and aggressive behavior or angry outbursts known as “roid rage.”

“We don’t know yet. That’s one of the things we’ll be looking at,” said Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard. He said test results may not be back for weeks.

» 411mania.com

Tämä laji suorastaan kuluttaa ruumiista ankaralla loppuun palamisella, joten kuolemantapaukset ennen neljänkymmenen ikärajaa ja sen pinnalla ovat hyvin yleisiä. Mutta ja että se lähtö tapahtuisi tällä tavalla ja vieläpä lajin yhdelle ykkösnimelle? Shokeeraavaa… Voi helvetti sentään. Normaalisti sanoisin RIP, mutta tämä on sellainen tapaus josta Benoit tuskin saa minkäänlaista rauhaa sielulleen.

UPDATE (27/06 – 09:35):

ESPN’n raportti ja sitä on absurdia katsoa kun WWE pesee kätensä tästä jupakasta ja koko miehestä. Noh ymmärtäähän tuon.