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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 dont know if anyone else has noticed, but as details have come out, indicating Benoit murdered his wife/son, then killed himself, tributes to him have disapeared.

Wrestlecrap.com had a tribute to him online last night, today its removed and has no tribute to him. Sadly, Benoit's legacy wont be rememered as one who as a great technical wrestler, member of the horsemen, defecter to WWF/E, WWE champion, etc.

His legacy will be that of one who killed his family, then killed himself. Sadly, thats the legacy he deserves. He was a murderer. Plain and simple.
Jeremy, 2007-06-26 16:42:51

Well this whole or deal is kind of strange and it is a sad situation. We will never really know what went threw his head at that time,If he did it like they say he did. My thought are that Vince of WWE has some blame in all this as well, look to what he did as to fake his death on tv for fan attractions and now has the WWE audience in a wild about chris benoit. I just think that we should really take a look at all the deaths that we have had in the WWE Inc. and stop letting Vince and the McMahon family make us look like fools tuning in to there fake A** storylines.

But back to the matter at hand Chris you will be miss and your family as well but I do hope that your soul can find forgiviness and get closer to God. To his wife Nancy and his Son Daniel you will be missed and my prayers go out to you all.


Nery Brooks, 2007-06-26 16:39:29

My reaction? Probably not unlike everyone else: shock and awe plus a strange mixture of deep sorrow, anger, and nostalgia.

If Benoit had died of natural causes like Eddie Guerrero, dare I say we would be saying, "Well, just another wrestling death." But this is different. I think that this could be an event that spawns massive sea changes in wrestling. Something has to change. If it doesn't, shame on you Vince MacMahon and those who coddle him, fans and wrestlers alike.

A seven yr old boy was murdered -- what else needs to happen before the wrestling community stops grasping to the macho fantasy universe it projects and realizes that its culture is killing young men (and now women and children).

chefkw -- very good points.
Shock and awe, 2007-06-26 16:39:06

What a horrible, horrible tragedy. I would think that at the time of last night's Raw, the details of what happened weren't fully clear and no one was sure what had happened.

I'm just in such shock. I thought Benoit always seemed like one of the most stable guys in the business. Granted, we don't know these people personally, but he would be the last person I would expect to commit this type of crime.

I just hope that the family of Nancy Benoit, as well as Chris Benoit's remaining children and family know that our prayers are with them. They have a long road ahead of them and I hope they can eventually find some peace.


Jen, 2007-06-26 16:35:18

Steroids, Steriods, Steriods, this is what happened here. Over the past several years several well-known high profile wrestlers have committed suicide because of their involvement with the use of steriods. The lack education surrounding such substance abuse is alarming and the wrestling world needs and should wake up to its failure to confront such.

Another senseless loss of innocent life, another failure by the wrestling world.

L. Walsh
L. Walsh, 2007-06-26 16:32:23

The Biggest thing im having a hard time grasping is why. everything i have ever read or heard is that Benoit was a stand up guy and nice guy a guy you could go to. Ive watched Benoit since i was very young and often would go out of my way to watch his matches. For those 8- 30 mins he was on top of the world. He was the best. It was poetry in motion. Now it is simply tarnished on sadly he will be remembered for this and not his great career in the ring he had.

But what is also disturbing is the fact of all the wrestlers that have died in the past few yrs. First it started with owen, brian pillman,davey boy smith, curt henning, rick rude, crash holly,eddie gurrero, sherri martel, miss elisabeth,bna,and now beniot. Maybe wrestling needs to take a step back and look at whats really going on and institute something to help prevent the sad and tragic deaths. WWE's drug policy is obviously a joke (guerrero,Benoit,Eugene,Rvd,Sabu,etc) Step up and do something Vince!!!!!!
Chris, 2007-06-26 16:31:14

I can understand, and relate to the anger, disdain and shock everyone may feel in regards to what has happened.

I can understand the feeling of disgust at the WWE for having a memorial show for him. However, Benoit's body wasn't found until hours before the show. At that time, it was unknown to be a murder-suicide. WWE thought it was a tragic loss, and payed tribute.

It wasn't leaked until nearly the end of the 3 hour show, that authorities in Atlanta were reporting the theory of a double murder-suicide. You can't fault the WWE for what they did.

To the WWE's credit, since the news has come out, almost all of the tribute stuff to Benoit has been taken down from wwe.com, with the exception of the post about his death. I think the WWE realizes they shouldn't be honoring a double murderer.

Sadly, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see how much of a factor drugs are in this. Sadly, it wont prevent any more lives.

The only conclusion I draw from this, is that "those who don't learn from history, are doomed to repeat it."

You'd thought after Benoit's best friend Eddie Guerrero passed, he would've known to get away from steroids....apparently not.

My condolenses to his family, friends, and anyone who was deeply hurt by this.
Jeremy, 2007-06-26 16:31:04

When I first heard about this I was sure Chris and his family were victim of foul play. I felt sorry for Chris. He seemed to be one of the good guys that you could look up to.

Now we know the truth. Chris was a troubled person whose last actions were in contradiction to what he stood for. I feel for his wife and son.
Sanj, 2007-06-26 16:27:56

It's a very sad situation but I'm sickened at the way that people are holding Benoit up as some sort of hero. Whether he was a star wrestler or not, this is a man who murdered his wife and his own little boy. I can't imagine what kind of sick and twisted individual could hurt their own child like that. I'm sad alright but not for Benoit...rather, I'm sad for his wife and child.
Mike Webster, 2007-06-26 16:26:18

Steroid use gone bad. Sorry to the direct family for what was taken from you. I am saddened.
andy taylor, 2007-06-26 16:21:40

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