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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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This is a great black spot in the 20 year career of Benoit. WE as the public, do not have all the information that would of lead to this unbelievable tragric event. We do not know what goes on after the lights go down. Judgement should come when all the facts are in. I do not condone the actions, but I do not forget all the good things he did. AS more informations comes out, you can see a patteren of behaviours that was a cry for help, it just seems no one heard them. He helped everyone else out when they had problems, why did no one do the same for him.
Sarah, 2007-06-27 11:57:20

Just a sad, shocking tragedy! I have been a wrestling fan for 23 yrs and really enjoyed Chris Benoit and admired his work. Meticulous and passionate about his work in the ring. Apparently that meticulous now has played out in deadly cold bloodedness. I do feel when the blood work is done, anabolic steroids will be in his system. The ways these drugs affect the mental and physical state is well documented. But steroids alone can't be blamed for this, there was something that set this man off. Unfortunately we may never know. And unfortunately this will tarnish all that Benoit has done in the ring and the perception of who this man was, what his character was. He will not be with his friend Eddie in high regars of others. The fact that Chris didn't see the effect steroid had to Eddie is mindboggling to. Just a sad situation. I respected his work as a wrestler, but i have lost all respect for him as a man, husband and father.
Brett, 2007-06-27 11:50:59

This is very sad, at first when my mom told me I thought that they all had died in a plane crash or car accsident but as the news started to appear it is very sad that the only way he could resolve the issues or problems was by doing this, there is no place on earth or heaven for something like this to happen, he killed am innocent child for no reason.

I am really sad for the family that is left and may God be able to forgive him.
Sandy, 2007-06-27 11:50:08

I was deeply saddened to hear of the tragedy. No one knows what thoughts were going through this man's mind to do this unthinkable act. It is not for us to judge. A man is not the total sum of one wrong decision. From what I've seen on tv and read, he was dearly loved and respected and I hope that is what people will remember. I'm not condoning what he did, but I'm not condemning him either, that's not for us to do.
Karen Sharp, 2007-06-27 11:36:00

my 9 year old son is a big fan of wrestling.he watches it about 4 times a week everyone that comes on. he can tell you stuff about wrestlers from 20 years ago .i watched my whole life and he knows more about it then i do.it really hurt me to watch my little guy set and cry over one of his favorite wrestlers killing hisself and his family.he said to me mom is he in heaven with eddie.what do u tell a kid whos role moldel kills hisself and his wife and his 7 year old son.my son is still very upset today.last year at school he was asked what he wanted 2 be when he grows up he has always said a wrestler.little kids look up 2 them. now hes broken hearted. may god bless there famileys and be with them.
carrie moore, 2007-06-27 11:34:59

we love u chris and u will be missed and i always will look up 2 u as my number one role model i love u one of ur biggest fans -Jasmin
Jasmin Williams, 2007-06-27 11:18:31

The man killed his wife then his own flesh and blood(his child)and then killed him self so he wouldn't have to face the music,one word.....COWARD.
Terry, 2007-06-27 11:18:14

WWE has to get rid of roids. All WWE fans are losers. there have been more deaths to wrestlers in the last 5 years than any other pro sports and its all related to ROIDS ...Stop watching you losers ...losers...losers
Anthony Luccerelli, 2007-06-27 11:11:03

This is an outrage they have no proof. I met the man we had a talk he would never do that to his family and for everyone saying he did how the heck do you no there is no proof.

Also why would he move throughout the house to kill them. He was down lifting weights because of his title shot at vengence. and his wife and kid were sleeping and why would he not kill his other kids. Burn in hell prosocuter.


noah oliver, 2007-06-27 11:03:27

For all his accolades, Chris Benoit was not a great man. It does not matter that Benoit was a championship wrestler or quiet professional. Providing an excuse for his actions by calling it personal demons is trivializing murder. The human standard of decency should not be lowered because you are a troubled person. He was a double murderer. He does not deserve any hall of fames, tribute shows, or memorials.

The WWE likes to stress the ‘real’ athletic backgrounds of its wrestlers. Mick Foley’s book, ‘Foley is Good: The Real World is Faker than Pro Wrestling’ discusses the harsh realities of wrestling. In the WWE cautionary clip Jim Ross says, “How do you learn to fall off of a 20 foot ladder?” implying something so dangerous cannot be learned. We as fans and the wrestling community as a whole can no longer have it both ways. If wrestling is ‘real’, then it should have a union, an off season, and an independent body to keep everyone honest; if wrestling is ‘fake’ then by any moral standard it needs to be toned down.

The WWE is not at fault for drug addiction, children imitating moves, and especially Chris Benoit’s atrocious actions. However, no reasonable person can deny the commonality to these tragedies. The WWE, all of its fans, and the wrestling media should demand a change or no longer support the current climate. Rationalizing these constant tragedies is sticking one’s head in the sand for conscience’s sake. Ignoring them bolsters the status quo and through passivity increases the likelihood of future sorrow.

SLAM! Wrestling and other media should say as much. Wrestling fans should not support a medium that places entertainment at so steep a sacrifice. The dedications, testimonials, and memorials now ring trite and hollow. Professional wrestling has moved beyond tragedy, and will not morally recover without a dynamic culture change. As a life long fan, it pains me to say I can no longer support wrestling unless there is a change; and if the outpouring of sympathy is sincere, neither will you.


Disillusioned, 2007-06-27 11:01:41

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