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I have been a wrestling fan since I was a lil fat kid and still am to this day. However the news concernign one of the best athletes to have ever lived makes me ill. Wrestler Chris Benoit was found dead yesterday moring along with his wife and 7 year old child. What is worse is the news he strangled his wife with an electrical cord and then hours later suffocated his child. Only then a day later did he commit suicide.


This man was one of the greatest wrestlers to have ever lived. He was so good a wrestler he could have fought a wet paper bag, lost to said paper bag, but put that bag over in such a way you would belive that wet paper bag was the second comming of Eddie Gurerro. Now if these facts are true his legacy means nothing and one of my idols is no more.


Part of me whats to think of this a horrible (but well crafted) storyline by the WWE and that not only could he not have done such a thing but his family is safe. This is the same part of me that wishes Eddie would come out durring a match and say "I lied" and not be dead. I only hope now that he finds peace and forgiveness with the lord.




Chris, I don't know if I can say you will be missed, but sadly you did indeed leave an impact.

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Yeah, I always was a Benoit mark myself so when I heardof his death it was shocking. As the details have come out it has been come horrifying. It's one thing to hear about yet another one of these guys dying in their hotel room prematurely due to the burn out of the lifestyle, but when something like this happens, it just makes you shudder. I hope he is able to find peace. You can't do something like that and not be tormented by some sort of demons.


I just keep waiting to see Vince come out on Friday and start raving about how the fans are such idiots that they could possibly believe something like this, especially after the Limo stunt. See Chris, I told you the fans would turn on you in a second. And then Benoit becomes THE heel on RAW

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i dont know what to say about this...i cant put into words what i feel at this time. i just know that my thoughts and prayers go out to the benoit family and their friends. i was surfing the WWE website and looking for some info and this is what i found on the site.



Detailed WWE/Benoit timeline

Written: June 26, 2007


Below is a detailed WWE/Chris Benoit timeline from Saturday to Monday:


Saturday, June 23, 2007


Chris Benoit was scheduled to appear at the WWE SmackDown/ ECW live event in Beaumont, Texas



A co-worker received a voice message from Benoit. The message from Benoit stated he missed his flight and over slept and would be late to the WWE Live Event. The co-worker called Benoit back, Benoit confirmed everything he said in his voice message and sounded tired and groggy. Benoit then stated, “I love you”. The co-worker stated that it was “out of context.”



The same co-worker was concerned with Benoit’s tone and demeanor and called Benoit for a second time. Benoit did not answer the call and the co-worker left a message stating “just call me back.”



Benoit called the co-worker back stating he didn’t answer the call because he was on the phone with Delta changing his flight. Benoit stated he had a real stressful day due to Nancy and Daniel being sick with food poisoning. They discussed travel plans for the WWE Tour of Texas with Benoit still sounding groggy at this point according to the co-worker.



A co-worker who consistently travels with Benoit, called Benoit from outside Houston airport and Benoit answered. Benoit told the co-worker that Nancy was throwing up blood and that Daniel was also throwing up. Benoit thought they had food poisoning. Benoit stated he changed his flight and he would be arriving into Houston at 6:30pm. Benoit told the co-worker to drive onto the WWE event.



Benoit called WWE Talent Relations stating that his son was throwing up and that he and Nancy were in the hospital with their son, and that Benoit would be taking a later flight into Houston, landing late, but would make the WWE live event in Beaumont.



A representative of Talent Relations called Benoit. The representative from Talent Relations asked Benoit what time Benoit was getting into Beaumont. Benoit responded he was leaving Atlanta at 9:20pm Eastern time arriving into Houston at 9:24pm Central time. The representative from Talent Relations advised Benoit that it would be too late to make the WWE live event in Beaumont. Benoit apologized citing he had a family emergency. The representative from Talent Relations suggested to Benoit that instead of going to the WWE live event in Beaumont, Benoit should take the flight to Houston, rest up and be ready for the Vengeance Pay-Per-View event.



The representative from Talent Relations called Benoit to reconfirm the travel plans with no answer from Benoit. The representative from Talent Relations left a voice message to take the flight and rest up.




Sunday, June 24, 2007


Text messages sent to co-workers from Chris Benoit and Nancy Benoit’s cell phones:


Text Message 1

Sent to: Two Co-Workers (the same who had verbal correspondence with Benoit the day before)

From: Benoit’s cell phone

When: 6/24 at 3:53am from

Message: C, S. My physical address is 130 Green Meadow Lane. Fayetteville Georgia. 30215


Text Message 2

Sent to: Two Co-Workers (the same who had verbal correspondence with Benoit the day before)

From: Benoit’s cell phone

When: 6/24 at 3:53am

Message: The dogs are in the enclosed pool area. Garage side door is open


Text Message 3

Sent to: Two Co-Workers (the same who had verbal correspondence with Benoit the day before)

From: Nancy Benoit’s cell phone

When: 6/24 at 3:54am

Message: C, S. My physical address is 130 Green Meadow Lane. Fayetteville Georgia. 30215


Text Message 4

Sent to: Two Co-Workers (the same who had verbal correspondence with Benoit the day before)

From: Nancy Benoit’s cell phone

When: 6/24 at 3:55am

Message: C, S. My physical address is 130 Green Meadow Lane. Fayetteville Georgia. 30215


Text Message 5

Sent to: A Co-Worker who consistently traveled with Benoit

From: Nancy Benoit’s cell phone

When: 6/24 at 3:58am

Message: My address is 130 Green Meadow Lane. Fayetteville Georgia. 30215


WWE made several attempts to contact Benoit via phone and text messages, as well as, the local hospitals in the Atlanta area. As of 11:00 pm Sunday night there was no contact made with Benoit.




Monday, June 25, 2007



WWE was notified of text messages sent to the two co-workers.



WWE contacted the Fayetteville County Sheriff’s office and requested them to go to Benoit’s




WWE received a call from the Fayetteville County Sheriff’s office, advising that they entered

the house of Benoit and found 3 deceased bodies (a male, a female and a child). The Fayette County Sheriff’s office has secured the house as a “major crime scene” and that the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office had no further information.

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let's remember some of the other pro wrestlers who died before their time.


# Ravishing Rick Rude — Died at 40 of an apparent heart attack in 1999, a bottle of prescription pills for his bad back at his side. The autopsy report said he died of "mixed medications." Rude was an admitted user of anabolic steroids.


# Louis Mucciolo, a.k.a, Louie Spicolli — Died in 1998 at age 27 when he suffocated on his own vomit after ingesting massive amounts of Soma and alcohol. Investigators also found an empty vial of testosterone, pain pills and an anti-anxiety drug at the scene.


# Brian Pillman — An admitted user of steroids, he died of a heart attack at age 35 in 1997 on the morning of WWF's In Your House: Badd Blood pay-per-view event.


# Rick "the Renegade" Williams — Died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 33 after being released from his World Championship Wrestling contract in 1999.


# "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig — Found dead of a cocaine overdose at age 44 in his motel room on April 10, 2003, the morning of a match. Hennig's father maintained that steroids and painkillers contributed to his death.


# Rodney "Yokozuna" Anoa'i — Died of a heart attack in 2002 at 34.


# Davey Boy Smith, "The British Bulldog" — Died of a heart attack at age 39 on May 17, 2002. An autopsy report indicated that past steroid use had likely played a part in his death.


# Michael "Road Warrior Hawk" Hegstrand — An admitted steroid user, he died of a heart attack at age 46 in 2003.


# Michael Lockwood, "Crash Holly" — In 2003, at the age of 32, he choked to death on his own vomit after ingesting 90 painkiller pills.


# Jerry Tuite, "The Wall" a.k.a. "Malice" — Died at age 36 in 2003 of an apparent heart attack in his hotel room.


# Raymond "Hercules" Hernandez — Dead of heart failure in 2004 at age 47.


# Ray "The Big Boss Man" Traylor — Found dead of a heart attack in 2004 at age 42.


# Eddie Guerrero — After a long battle with painkillers, he was found dead of a heart attack by his nephew in his hotel room at age 38. The first person his nephew reportedly called was Guerrero's best friend, Chris Benoit.


# Chris Candido — Died in 2005 at age 33 from a blood clot after breaking his tibia and fibula and dislocating his ankle in a pay-per-view event.


# Owen Hart — Fell to his death at age 34 in 1999 when the rigging that was lowering him into the ring malfunctioned.


And then there's the story of the Von Erich wrestling family.


Wrestling patriarch Fritz Von Erich,AKA Jack Adkisson, had five wrestling sons: Kevin, David, Kerry, Mike and Chris.


David died in a hotel room in Tokyo at the age of 25 in 1984 just as he was embarking on a three-week pro wrestling tour of Japan. The official cause of death was acute enteritis, severe inflammation of the intestines.


Three years later, Mike committed suicide by overdosing on the tranquilizer Placidyl at the age of 23. After David's death, Mike had suffered a series of setbacks including a serious shoulder injury that had left him severely depressed.


Devastated by the deaths of his older brothers and frustrated by his own limitations as a wrestler, the youngest and smallest brother, Chris, shot himself to death at the age of 21 in 1991.


Two years later, Kerry, who had battled a long addiction to painkillers, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 33, leaving eldest brother Kevin as the only survivor of the sport that had defined his family.

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It's a shame, period. I don't know what drives someone to do that to his/her family, but it happens all too often.


I had no idea the world of wrestling was littered with so much debris. It sounds like people rockin' too hard, and rollin' too long. Sad.

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I'm not into wrestling at all, so I don't know about these guys and the history, but it seems to show an awful pattern. I hope something can be done to break the cycle.


My heart broke when I saw footage of Benoit, embracing his little boy in the ring after a match. It hit me hard.


The rest of my questions and opinions would likely get this redirected to beekeepers, so I'll be quiet, now.

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big Benoit fan here, epically his days in WCW, so when the news of his death I was like 'wow', then more & more of this being revealed I'm like 'can't believe what is going on here'. It's a tragedy when a young child dies but it's even more or so when it is done under these circumstances. I hope the family of both Chris & his wife's can cope with what has happened over the weekend.


I'll always remember Chris as a master wrestler, loved his style, loved his moves (epically his multiple german suplexes he did) & will always remember his matches in WCW with Eddie or Dean or whoever he fought.


Sad to see someone who you loved to watch for entertainment end his life the way he did, sad, but the things you have to do really to stay on top of your game in a business like professional wrestling can do some messed up things to yah. Allot of guys on that list I recall very fonding, epically Road Warrior Hawk, man did I love to watch him & Animal beat the living hell out their opponents each Saturday on TBS. Also guys like Rude, Henning, the Von Erichs all the guys from the 80-90s epically. Also Owen Hart due to his death was just ridiculous & uncalled for, & Davey Boy as he was one my favorites to watch, epically with him & Dynamite Kid when they were the British Bulldogs in the WWF.


Just sad is really all I can say, right now & hopes for the surviving family members.



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The "pattern" is there because you can look for what you want to find. There are plenty of wrestlers who pour(ed) their heart and soul into the business and haven't passed away early. Sure, it's a brutal and demanding job that pushes you to go all out for the fans and some people suffer for that (due to their actions or just plain bad luck), but let's not get too condescending.


If you want to play that game, football players have a "pattern" as well. There have been 130 deaths of professional football players born since 1955 (according to a 2006 Scripps Howard study). And can you say OJ?


And "littered with so much debris" is a little inconsiderate...




Beyond being fans - some of us knew people on that list.

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