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Hart family mystified by murders
By TODD SAELHOF -- Sun Media
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Word that Chris Benoit murdered his family before taking his own life has left Calgary's first family of wrestling devastated.

After hearing Atlanta-area authorities have blamed the deaths of Benoit's wife and seven-year-old son on the "Canadian Crippler," legendary wrestler Bret Hart was trying yesterday to wrap his head around the double murder-suicide in Georgia.

"I can't begin to even understand what could drive somebody to do this," said Hart, who has long considered Benoit a friend.

"The sad thing about it is I never saw Chris lose his composure, and I never saw him get angry -- he was always a very solid, sound, logical kind of guy.

"It's totally the last thing you'd ever expect to come out of Chris Benoit -- I think that's why everyone's having such a hard time coming to terms with this."

The Fayette County Sheriff's Department said anabolic steroids were among the prescription drugs found in Benoit's house.

"I'm hoping that whatever happened had nothing to do with levels of steroids or things like that," said Hart.

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