- Professional wrestler Chris Benoit was found dead Monday along with his wife and young son at their Atlanta home, the World Wrestling Entertainment said on its Web site.
- Law enforcement officials in Fayette County said Monday the dead included Benoit, his wife, Nancy, and their seven-year-old son, Daniel.
- The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported that police are investigating the case as a murder-suicide. No details were released but the results of autopsies are expected Tuesday. "I am deeply saddened over the loss of Chris Benoit," WWE Canada president Carl DeMarco said.
- Benoit was scheduled to appear in a pay-per-view title match Sunday, but backed out because of a "family emergency," the WWE announced on Sunday.
And from Chron.com
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.
Christopher Michale Benoit was born on May 21, 1967. Benoit idolized the Dynamite Kid growing up, and stylized himself after him. When he began wrestling, the Rabid Wolverine wrestled as "Dynamite" Chris Benoit, as a tribute to the Dynamite Kid. He also began using the Diving Headbutt and the Snap Suplex, some of the Kid's famous moves. The Crippler's trademark, his lost tooth, resulted from an accident involving his pet Rottweiler. Benoit was struck with the top of the dog's head beneath his chin while play-wrestling with the dog, and his tooth "popped out".
Benoit became good friends with Eddie Guerrero following a match in Japan, when he used an Enzuigiri kick, and knocked him out cold, starting a friendship that lasted until the Latino Heat's death. Benoit started using the multiple vertical suplex maneuver known as the Three Amigos as a tribute to his friend. With regards to the Crippler Crossface, the Canadian Crippler borrowed the move from Dean Malenko.
- Crippler Crossface
- Diving Headbutt
- Three Amigos
- Snap Suplex
- Gutwrench Suplex
- High Lift Belly to Back Suplex
- Backhand Chop
- Suicide Dive
WWE Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Kurt Angle
WWE United States Championship (3 times)
WWF/E Intercontinental Championship (4 times)
WWF/E World Tag Team Championship (3 times)
- with Chris Jericho (1) and Edge (2)
World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
Royal Rumble (2004)
Twelfth Triple Crown Champion
And I kid you not when i say that
Benoit was one of the best wrestlers ever.
The excitement and energy he brought
whenever he stepped into the ring
could only be described by one word: INTENSE.
Chris Benoit - You will be missed.
*much thanks to my friends over at
Blogmeister and The Legal Two-Timer
for tipping me on this