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Have your say about Chris Benoit
Thu, September 13, 2007

Canadian Pro wrestler Chris Benoit suffered brain damage from his years in the ring that could help explain why he killed his wife, son and himself, a doctor who studied Benoit’s brain said Wednesday.

Steroid use also has lingered as a theory, since anabolic steroids were found in the home and tests conducted by authorities showed Benoit had roughly 10 times the normal level of testosterone in his system when he died.

Benoit suffered brain damage



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I am not justifying anything and I agree that murder is a horrific evil act, however if life has taught me anything its that sometimes beyond all comprehension good people can do bad things, horrible things, things noone can explain. I learned this from experiancing a personal tragady of my own...In 1998 my best friends family was murdered by her father.Amazingly,Somehow my friend lived. Her mom and 2 brothers were gone...her father stood trial for murder and got three consecutive life sentances. What does this have to do with the Benoits case you might ask? Well, I loved her whole family, her parents were great people...no one knows what happened for sure. My friend to this day will tell you that she misses her family including her father. She doesn't forgive him but she still loves him. so, in a nut shell we are all free to our own feelings of grief and what not. Chris Benoit can be missed by his fans, family and fellow wrestlers for who he was. This doesn't mean we dismiss the horrific acts he did. We can still love a person without liking them.
meg, 2007-06-28 02:45:41

I have only been a wrestling fan for a few years, and through some of the ' poorer' story lines and the crap, Chris Benoit stood out as one of my fave wrestlers and better men of the WWE. Whenever you heard those hard guitar chords and that awesome music, you knew you were in for a treat. I guess what i'm trying to say is that we have lost an incredible athlete, entertainer and inspiring man. His obvious talent was overshadowed by none and matched my few, and the way he conducted himself around the ring with such pride and pro-ess will never be forgotten.

What has happened over the weekend is a tragedy for all involved; the family, friends and co-workers of the Benoit's and fans all over the world are going to mourn this loss for a long time to come. There has been a lot of speculation over steroids and Chris' state of mind at the time of the incident but really, drugs is the first thing people drag up in a situation ivolving a celebrity (especially one in such a contreversial industry), and no one will ever no what was going through his mind. I am in no way defending his actions because, well, what he did, IF it was him who commited such a horrific crime (has anyone investigated another alternative, such as an outside intruder?) If it was Benoit who killed his family then unfortunately he should rot in hell as with all the other murders etc out there... sorry, but he would be no different to any other killer. But in my oppinion this doesn't mean that his wrestling achievments should be erased from history and his life in the industry be tarnished. Work and home life should be kept seperate, including that of a celebrity. If it ends up being proven Chris is guilty of the attrocities then it is up to the family to think what they must of him and his memory as they new him and his business better then most. But do not forget the Rabid Wolverine as one of the best wrestlers in history and, in my mind, a sure contender to be inducted in the next Hall of Fame, murderer or not. Judge the man and the entertainer in a different light; one a murderer, the other an athlete who spread joy and happiness to millions.

My condolences go out to the Benoit's, Chris' children, all the family and friends. What a terrible waste of 3 lives... R.I.P.
Lecky, 2007-06-28 02:36:37

As I sit here I still cannot fathom what has happened. I have watched Chris' career since I was a kid and even after all that has happened he is still one of my favorite wrestlers.

I can only pray that the families that were affected by this tragedy can somehow find the strength to continue to love and support each other.

My prayers and thoughts go out to the entire Benoit family but especially to his two remaining children

David and Megan.

Stay strong and be there for each other.

Rest in Peace

Chris, Nancy and little Daniel
Tammy Hardy, 2007-06-28 02:34:51

I am really sickened and heartbroken by this whole tragedy. On one hand, this is a guy whom I truly respected. I've watched Benoit since he was part of the IV Horsemen with Flair, the Enforcer and Brian Pillman (RIP). To me, everytime Benoit hit the ring, something magical always happened. He wasn't my all-time favorite, but he was part of my top 10. On one hand, I feel sorry, though innappropriately, for the way he'll be villified by the media from now on. Despite everything this man has done for wrestling, he'll always be remembered as "that guy who murdered his wife and his kid and committed suicide", and DESERVEDLY SO. I am somewhat conflicted because I feel both sadness and the heavy burden of guilt associated with feeling it. In my heart, I hope Nancy and Daniel can find peace (RIP)... and despite my better judgement, I also do hope that the world will find it in the angels of their better nature to forgive Chris Benoit, a flawed man who rightfully deserves his infamy.
Chee, 2007-06-28 02:10:45

I was a Benoit fan for a very long time. While he was a credit to the sport, he is a coward in life.

He doesn't deserve our praise.

May his wife and son rest in peace.
someone, 2007-06-28 01:02:27

I believe the time has come for us wrestling fans to take this story back from the mainstream media along with our memories of Chris and Nancy. Clearly, there are commentators and pundits

who are so desperate for a byline that they will spout any kind of agenda to justify painting one of the best wrestlers of all time, a man whose colleagues described as a solid, calm individual, as a cold-blooded monster. This treatment has been an insult

to the Benoits' friends and family, to their fans past and present, and to their colleagues who now have to defend their profession and themselves against the inevitable witch-hunt.

We as wrestling fans are _hurting_ right now: we _have_ lost a hero of our chosen entertainment, a man whose very presence improved a show or a pay-per-view and

who consistently made his craft both enjoyable and edifying. Moreover, we lost him in such a way that we can never mourn his death without guilt or shame. We will never be able to watch one of his matches without the wounds of our hearts reopening, knowing how his life ended and that he took two lives with him. The tributes that,normally, would be due a man of his stature in pro wrestling will be forever denied him. Instead of golden legacy, we

must console ourselves with furtive glances back at this

inky blotch of wrestling history.

Of course we care about Nancy and Daniel, and we mourn for them, too, victims of violence in a violent world where too many acts defy explanation. Understand, though, that we weep for them in large part because they were a part of _his_ life. We "knew" and cared about them because we "knew" and cared about Chris.

Maybe it _is_ because he was "famous" that we look for something, anything to mitigate such a horrific act. Why wouldn't we? We loved him, respected him and

thought we knew him. That he

would kill his wife and son

and then himself, under those circumstances, is so foreign to our "knowledge" of him that we would deny it

if we could.

Perhaps a bit of sympathy is in order, for our sakes if not for Chris Benoit's. Some of us are in shock, some of us are in denial and, yes, some of us are angry. It is not for the critics or the outsiders to judge us or our grief, and it is certainly not for them to decide how we shall remember Chris Benoit or to work through our loss.
Kelly, 2007-06-28 00:54:30

Chris Benoit........... What can we say about somone we didn't even know. The way he was on T.V. was the way you was told to be,Becasuse they play a part and that part is not how they are in real life. Chris could have had problems with money or problems with life. What people don't know is that being famous is hard because you have to try and make everyone happy. As for what Chris did. What can you do? nothing but remeber that his famly and his two kids are going to be reading this stuff so why hurt them anymore. If you have never meet him in real life and have be a good friend for years than what do you really know about him? What can you really say? NOTHING. You want to let his friends and family know that you feel sorry for them well you have a real bad why of showing it. To Chris's and Nacy's friends and family (the ones who know them the most) I am very sorry and I hope that you and find happens along the way.Please remeber one thing the thoughts that really count or yours. R.I.P Chris,Nacy and Son

Love always and forever Stacey
Stacey, 2007-06-28 00:20:27

Who are we all to be judge and jury to a man who is no longer here to speak for himself. He was and will always be one of the all time Best Pro Wrestlers to have honoured the rings.

Now lets all stop and realize what a spectacle is being made through all this media frenzy. Yes there is anger, shock and pain that has touch all of us that have heard this news. The comments I am reading from readers are full of rage calling Chris a murderer, a psycho, amongst many others full of hatred. There are also many supporters offering condolensces Chris' other 2 children as well as to Diane and little Daniel. There are even those that harbour no will ill toward Chris. The main objective here is to all unite here and share in this pain and tragedy and hope that if there was mental illness involved in this case that the 'NEGATIVE STIGMA' STOPS HERE. Having any form of Depression and trying to hide it on a day to day basis, espescially being a Pro sport figure, weighs very heavily on a person. Eventually there is a breaking point. If this was the case, I am truly sorry that he suffered alone.

I am truly sorry that the whole family had to suffer along with him. My thoughts and prayers will remain with the remaining loved ones left to deal with the damn media making matters worse for all. Just let the family rest in peace!
Terri- Southwestern Ontario, 2007-06-27 23:41:58

The bottom line to all this is, He was a COWARD and a LOSER! I feel sorry for you fools who think there may have been someone else who killed them. GET REAL. No Conspiracy here, he killed his family, then realized what he'd done, killed himself. He was a Drug abusing, murdering, LOSER. Rot in Hell.
Ben E. Wood, Calgary, 2007-06-27 23:15:16

The man bound his wife before killing her. Remained in the house with her corps & the next morning suffocated his 7 year old son. Remained in the house with 2 the dead bodies of his dead wife & son until the evening when he hung himself. This wasn't rage, this was methodical. This man doesn't deserve respect or admiration. My prayers are with family members that now have to deal with this tragedy.


Deborah Frellick, 2007-06-27 23:14:59

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