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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 still in shock over what happend and still can't believe it! I'm sorry for what happend and my prayers and heart go out to their family and friends. May God bless Chris and Nancy Benoit and their son Daniel.
Jodi, 2007-06-26 14:53:10

I first heard of Chris Benoit's death this morning when I arrived at work. My tow truck driver stopped me and asked me if had watched wrestling last night and I replied I had not. He said it was a memorial show dedicated to Chris Benoit. Chris Benoit? He wasn't dead, what kind of angle was this? I rushed into work and within minutes the internet began divulging the sordid details.

Chris Benoit first came to my attention during his time in WCW. A muscled, fresh faced kid would wow me night after night. I listened to the announcers talk about his work ethic, but you only had to watch him to know that he took his chosen career seriously, and that he left his all in the ring each and every time he stepped onto that canvas proving ground. Since so much has already been said about his fantastic career and his background I won't repeat them here. Most of you know where he came from, where and how he wrestled, and what he accomplished during his short life.

When I read the news about what allegedly happened, a gambit of emotions raced through me. The father in me cried for the very young life lost over the weekend in Daniel. The husband part cried for the loss of Nancy's life. Then the human portion cried for Chris Benoit. By now you have all read the news reports on the circumstances surrounding these terrible deaths, so again I will not go through them all over. Let it be said that no matter the circumstances I do not condone violence against others, I abhor violence against children and I also will never understand what goes through someone's mind to allow violence to overcome rational thought.

For some reason, and this is the reason I felt compelled to write this posting, I have an image of an anguished, very alone, very despairing person stuck in my mind, sitting in a big house void of life. Again, I do not know the full circumstances surrounding these deaths, but several different scenarios do come to mind. Relationship problems obviously surface as the forerunner, but whatever the reason, three people died this past weekend.

It does not matter that Chris Benoit was a wrestler, that violence was a part of each day of his life. It had nothing to do with his incredible ability to inflict pain upon others, to beat down opponents far larger then himself. His dedication to his job, to the other wrestlers that he shared so many days with also are not a part of what happened. This is not about Chris Benoit the Rabid Wolverine, the Crippler.....this is about Chris Benoit the very human being.

My heart goes out to Chris and Nancy's family and to the many people who actually knew Chris, Nancy, and Daniel and called them friend. I cannot even imagine their grief.

I hope that some good comes from this terrible loss. That someone hears of this and realizes the potential for violence in themselves and seeks help. Please do not allow this tragedy to pass without some kind of lesson learned.


S. Moes
S. Moes, 2007-06-26 14:48:56

My heart goes out to the family and friends left behind. I feel for the wife and child of Chris Benoit. While he gets pages dedicated to him and hours long tributes, they get but a passing mention. They are the real victims here and I think they deserve more than a line or two.
Jackie, 2007-06-26 14:20:50

I've been reading the comments here and scratching my head at some of them. First, people have to remember that mental illness is just that, an illness, and not always explanable or controllable, or even detectable. Second, this should not be another reason for anti-pro wrestling campaigns to begin again. It's a friggin TV show, accept it. The number of people complaining of the McMahon death angle is ridiculous. People die on TV and movies all the time. Instead of parents saying the show is bad, parent your child that it is fake just like any other TV show or movie, or don't let them watch. At the airing of Raw last night the news was that Benoit was murdered. I'd say that's a pretty good reason for a tribute. If he waited a week he'd catch heat for dragging it on - he was in a no win situation. Third, let the police do the work. This first broke as a homicide, now it's a murder suicide. Really, it could be a number of things. And remember, when the Virginia Tech shooting occured the police thought they had the right guy and then 30 other people were killed...they can make mistakes. Hell, he could have come home and found them dead and went catatonic for a couple of days. Sounds far fetched? think of how you'd react if you came home and found your family dead. If he did it, he did it. His personal life was his business, not mine, or anyone elses. I will remember Benoit as a great entertainer, nothing more and nothing less.
crazy d, 2007-06-26 14:12:24

I started out watching wrestling back in the 80's, i remember the days that chris benoit was in WCW, the guy was a great performer and athlete. with that said if he truely committed this heinous act then no amout of talent or ability justifies what he did. now we dont know the circumstances of what happened like maybe a mental illness that he kept to himself or just roid rage from taking steroids, but we cannot excuse this no matter the reason. and by the way it is in no way WWE fault that this happened they can only do so much to protect their talent, if an athlete wants to take steroids they will if ya dont believe me look into major league baseball and their steroid fiasco.
chad baki, 2007-06-26 14:08:18

I not sure that this is what they say, murder/suicide. My feeling is there's is more to the story and noone is talking.

My prayers are with the family. Millie
millie, 2007-06-26 13:47:59

The only good thing to come out of all this is Vince's (hopefully) ending his own death storyline. Sadly he's just going to end up milking Benoit's tragedy for all it's worth like he did with Eddie.
Bill, 2007-06-26 13:43:49

It has already been released that she was strangled and the poor innocent boy was smothered. As for you "fans" who don't wanna believe it, he died a cowardice villain. Maybe this will give wrestling fans a reality check.
shae oconner, 2007-06-26 13:37:07

Everyone PLEASE remember the families that are left behind! They are the ones hurting & missing their loved ones, they DO NOT NEED TO HEAR all the mean mean hurtful words they are the ones that have to live with the loss of their loved ones. Saying what some of you are saying is NOT going to change anything now. PLEASE let the surviving family & friends remember their loved ones in PEACE they have to deal with all of this now, it does not help anyone to be mean & cruel & it certainly doesn't change anything!

Something must have gone terrible wrong, as hundreds of people can't be wrong CHRIS WAS A WONDERFUL MAN & god only knows what happened, so DO NOT JUDGE unless you know what really happened REMEMBER THE SURVIVORS!

REST IN PEACE CHRIS & FAMILY, you will all be sadly missed!

Our Condolences to the families left behind! Remember the wonderful man he was DO NOT listen to anything people are saying they did not know the Chris we knew & loved!

Karoline, 2007-06-26 13:26:39

Alright this may sound disrespectful but i keep seeing these tributes to Chris and his wrestling career and how great of a guy he was..and like i said this may sound disrespectful but why is a man that MURDERED his wife and his own 7 year old son being Glorified?? i dont watch wrestling because it is a joke but i dont doubt he was influential to the sport but it seems people overlook the fact that He KILLED the people closest to him that rely on him for love and protection are now dead by his hands...dont get me wrong but it jsut seems the glorification from the wrestling world is not what it should be...what happens when children see this murderer glorified on monday nights???
alex, 2007-06-26 13:20:54

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