Chris Benoit- 5/21/67 - 6/25/07UPDATE: Wow! Apparently this was a murder-suicide and not the original suspicion of a homicide (though, technically, the homicide part still exists). It's a damn shame a great career is extinguished in such a bad light. Worse still the authorities are being vague, stating a gun was not used, but they will not release the details until confirmed, but do allude to the fact that it is an odd set of circumstances. (And Benoit apparently text messaged friends in the WWE on Sunday, during/after, the deaths of his wife and young son.)
Chris Benoit was found dead in his home along with his wife and son this afternoon. Officials are treating this as a homicide. As a father and former wrestling fan, I am deeply saddened by this tragic event. Benoit was one of the all-time greats and, to my understanding following his career some, a great family man and friend. Back when I followed wrestling, I always made sure to watch the Crippler's matches because he was a guy that, although built like a tank, was only about my height and he gave you that sense of, yeah, you can do what you put your mind to. And the guy was a total performer, always giving a good/great match and willing to take a bump and "job" when another guy needed to get "put over".
Best wishes and deepest sympathies to the Benoit family.