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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 agree with the last comment. If Chris did do this, he most definitely had to be suffering from a mental illness. Many people with mental illness are able to cover it up from others for a long period of time. It is a personal torment and a personal hell that people force themselves to go alone because they fear the consequences of having everyone know. Often it is not until some crisis happens that makes everyone aware there is a problem. This situation is a horrible tragedy and obviously the most extreme 'rock bottom' that a person could ever have.
Sally, 2007-06-26 23:53:31

Shocking! I had just tuned in to Raw when I caught Dean Malenko in mid sentence going on about how he was ...my best friend... I thought that they were continuing on with the storyline of Vince's staged death. Boy was I shocked to learn about the truth of the topic as Chris, Nancy & Daniel's photo appeared along the bottom of the screen.

I believe that Vince and co. did what they believed to be the correct course of action last night by airing the tribute. You should understand that the entire company must have been running around in shock and barely able to think straight. For some people to jump all over this as a huge error in judgment should place themselves in the WWE's shoes. They did what they thought was right at the time, and as more details came out they adjusted accordingly. Just as deplorable if not worse has been the actions of the press. Pairing this horrific scene to "roid rage", drug use, and the like, without all the facts and test results is just beyond me. As for the incident itself, my heart goes out to the families and friends involved in this unfortunate travesty. Daniel's short life in particular leaves one to wonder how things like this could ever happen. If, and I say IF indeed Chris did these things as we are now speculating he did, there is a dark place that awaits him from this point forward. The one good thing that I can make of these events is that it is to serve as a reminder of how precious and too short life really is. As a father myself I will surely make sure to tell my loved ones how much they mean to me a little more often and hold them a little closer.
Kev, 2007-06-26 23:41:26

I'm not a deciple of the WWE, but as a fan of Canadian successes,I knew pretty well of Chris Benoit.As a father of two small children,I was horrified when I learned especially that his son was killed at his hands.I don't pretend to understand his rage/illness,but I'm guessing that only those that have undergone years of steroid abuse could.That may seem presumptuous,but lets face it,the WWE talent are made up of athletic men that are forced to look like superheroes...you do the math.

I don't want to excuse his possibly insane behaviour,but judging by those who knew him best and are shocked at this outcome,I'm guessing that the WWE lifetstyle and may have resulted in pressures to use copious amounts of steriods,might have been to blame for his psychosis and/or inability to deal with some other domestic stress.Regardless,a horrible ending to an otherwise remarkable life(and lives) that may have preventable.I'll never watch the WWE again,rightly or wrongly.
oatie, 2007-06-26 23:39:17

This tragedy, and it is nothing less than a tragedy, will be played out in the media for a long time to come. The things that will be said, reported on, and revealed will undoubtedly shock us, and force us to ask more questions. What will be lost in the shuffle, as it usually is, will be the people on the inside of this story. I am a wrestling fan, and have followed Chris Benoit since his start in the business. He was a hero to me, because he refused to fail, he refused to let anyone or anything keep him from being the best. He asked for respect, and gave it when it was due. What I did not realize, and could not have foresaw, is that I was only seeing what I was allowed to see. The Chris Benoit I saw on TV, and in the arenas, was a rolemodel, he was a hero, he was a Good Guy. That man deserved a tribute, that man deserves the praise and kind words of his fellow wrestlers and friends. Unfortunately that man ceased to exist on Saturday. Chris Benoit the wrestler lost his last battle, but it wasn't in the squared circle, it was in the recesses of his mind. The acts that he committed, if he did indeed committ them, were not the acts of a sane mind. I will always remember the Crippler for his in-ring abilities, his wrestling related activities and his passion for the business. I hope that in time I will be able to find a way to reconcile the two sides of this man, in the mean time I will mourn the loss of Nancy and her son. I send all my love and prayers to the family, friends and loved ones. No words can make this time any easier, but I hope that there can be some sort of closure to this event.
Dwayne MacCormac, 2007-06-26 23:23:35

All I want to know is WHY??? Benoit was beloved superstar. His wrestling style was unique. Were there signs to see if something was wrong? This is another tragedy that the WWE has to deal with. First it was Eddie Gorraro now Benoit. I hope for the WWE's sake that it wasn't steroids. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Benoits family and to the WWE family.
Karen Sokolowski, 2007-06-26 23:22:50

I have been a wrestling fan for many years and i must say benoit was probably one of my most favorite performers. After hearing all the stories and reading the atlanta papers i do see some inconsistancies. some websites say he strangled his wife and smothered his son. others say he strangled them both. either way it was not a comprehensible action. however It is agreed upon that his wife died fri. his son on sat and himself on sun. I really have a hard time picturing this timeframe. granted i dont know all the particulars and i am not in the mans mind but i have a hard time picturing benoit strangling his wife on fri then staying in the same house with her and thier child for several hours, then killing his son, then waiting another 24 hours and hanging himself. it just doesn't sound plausible. more plausible would be someone killing his wife in front of him then his son then killing him although would have to be a few people. i dont know the answer but again i have a hard time beleiving this of chris. I offer my condolences to the benoit family, in this trying time.
Larry S, 2007-06-26 23:06:40

Two words.

Mental illness.

Chris Benoit was mentally ill. Probably suffering from depression or schizophrenia likely brought on by the use of drugs taken in order to maintain his job. The lifestyle of a professional wrestler is taxing. You must maintain your physique while constantly travelling across many timezones. Often hurting from minor as well as major injuries sustained while working.It's also a lonely existence. It's impossible for wives and children to accompany a wrestler, it's just too hectic. And wrestlers are always expected to be "on". Therefore the use of drugs such as anabolic steroids, stimulants and pain killers is not discouraged privately if it keeps the wrestler working. Years of this type of drug abuse in combination with loneliness is a recipe for mental illness.

My deepest sympathies for the entire family of Chris Benoit and Chris himself. This is a horrible completely avoidable tragedy.
Bruce McLellan, 2007-06-26 22:56:17

Im absolutely shocked! I tried to hold out hope that things werent as they appeared, but it was even worse than they appeared.

My heart goes out to their families. A senseless tragedy, and three lives lost.

Chris I am shocked and disappointed in your actions. You took the life of a child who looked up to you for protection and love. May God have mercy on your soul! I have loved your craft and the dedication you put into it, why you let us all down is beyond me. Why you let your family down is beyond comprehension.

And for those people out there who want to blame the WWE & McMahon for this...SHAME ON YOU! How is this their fault? Did Vince give him the rage? No Chris apparently had it building inside of him. Did Vince make him do these dispicable acts? No Chris had these intentions in his apparently sick dark troubled mind.

Chris chose to be a wrestler, Chris chose to be on the road, Chris may have chose to do roids to bulk up and alter his genetics and mental stability.

People stop blaming the WWE for the worlds ills! We as a society have become dark and selfish. Is Vince a good guy? NO!!! BUT he's not at fault here. Stop blaming him!
Bob, 2007-06-26 22:48:06

This tragedy surrounding Chris Benoit is hard to believe. I think that the media and police are jumping to rash conclusions. How can some forensics expert say for certain that Chris Benoit murdered his wife and child. Number one, there were no witnesses. Number two, as Juan indicates below that someone may have killed Chris's wife and child and laid in wait for Chris and did him in and set up the scene to make it look like a suicide. Have fingerprints come back proving Chris Benoit did all this? This has not been stated. The polieman who requested to be anonomous is too vague. Number 3, how can forensics prove the date and time of the deaths of all involved?

To me, more time should be given before such a rash and possibly inappropriate conclusion be rendered. I say lets wait and see as more details come to light. This case is just 30 hours old.
Glenn, 2007-06-26 22:38:54

Used to be a fan but have hated it for years. This is just plain bad.
dallas, 2007-06-26 22:21:09

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