Chris Benoit

If there was something that everyone in wrestling seemed to agree on, it was that Chris Benoit was a class act in an industry that didn’t have many.

Which makes today’s events even more sickening and stunning.

Benoit, his wife Nancy (a former wrestling valet/manager), and their 7-year-old son Daniel were found dead in their Atlanta home today.  Authorities are tight-lipped, but apparently it wasn’t by gunplay.

Benoit cancelled off a WWE event in Texas last night, apparently telling WWE officials that his family were “spitting up blood”.  EDIT: Word later in the evening from Atlanta is that this is being investigated as a murder-suicide.  That makes the quoted comment downright scary… and tragic… and… damn.

Chris Benoit was 40.  Nancy Daus Benoit was 43.  He apparently leaves a couple of older children from a previous marriage.

And the sad, and even more sickening, part of all this?  Between the WWE announcement around 7pm and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution article at 7:55pm, nobody knew if this was legitimate or another WWE death storyline.  Thanks to Vince McMahon, we had to question the story of a dead wrestler and his family.

On the heels of the deaths of Sherri Martel and a former Calgary tag-team partner of Benoit’s (“Biff” Wellington) in the last 10 days… there’s a hell of a lot of questions and not many answers.

I’ve been a very small part of the wrestling business for 7 years now.  It’s nights like this that I’m very, very ashamed to say that.

And I don’t know what else to say.


Author: Rob Hoffmann

Occasional blogger, slightly less occasional improv player/ref/tech, full-time computer techie, radio producer (basketball, mostly), generally nice person (if you ask me).

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