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    Chris Benoit and Family found dead

    No details yet, but Atlanta police found all three bodies either last night or today.

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    Re: Chris Benoit and Family found dead

    The reports now are saying that he killed his wife several days ago, then his son this weekend, and himself today.

    If that's true, then I take back any RIP wishes. If that's true, I hope he rots in hell.

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    Re: Chris Benoit and Family found dead

    I have only cried three times watching wrestling. First, after Owen Hart died, then Eddie, and last night. I am very sad for him, especially if he is the one who did it.

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    A text message was sent at 4:30 a.m. Saturday from the cellphone of superstar wrestler Chris Benoit, who, along with his wife and son, were found dead Monday in their Fayette County home, police said.

    In a murder-suicide that even the county's top law enforcement agent calls bizarre, 40-year-old Benoit, his wife, Nancy, 43, and 7-year-old son, Daniel, were found dead in their home on Green Meadow Lane just east of Peachtree City.

    Investigators believe Benoit killed his wife and son over the weekend and then himself sometime Monday.

    "I'm comfortable with our belief that this is a murder-suicide," Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard said Tuesday.

    The bodies were found in three rooms. Autopsies were planned for Tuesday.

    "The details, when they come out," said Ballard, "are going to prove a little bizarre."

    Benoit's employer, World Wrestling Entertainment, said on its Website Tuesday that Benoit had sent "several curious text messages" to friends, but police on Tuesday said they had identified only one.

    Fayette Sheriff's Lt. Tommy Pope on Tuesday confirmed a text message had been sent from Benoit's cellphone at 4:30 a.m. Saturday, but he decline to disclose the message's content or recipient.

    Authorities initially had trouble getting to the home because of two large German shepherds on the property, the WWE said. Sheriff's deputies were standing guard at the home on Tuesday morning, keeping back the media and the curious.

    Benoit was found in the home's weight room, his wife in an office and his son in an upstairs bedroom.

    Benoit failed to appear at Saturday's live wrestling event in Beaumont, Texas., and at WWE's "Vengeance: Night of Champions" in Houston Sunday night. WWE said Benoit had a "family emergency."

    As news of the death's spread, the wrestling blogosphere erupted in disbelief.

    "Obviously, all sorts of speculation are running rampant but I have talked to so many people and nobody really knows," said Bryan Alvarez, who runs Figurefour Weekly, a wrestling newsletter and Web site, from Linwood, Wash.

    The WWE issued a statement Monday night:

    "Chris was beloved among his fellow Superstars, and was a favorite among WWE fans for his unbelievable athleticism and wrestling ability. He always took great pride in his performance, and always showed respect for the business he loved, for his peers and towards his fans. This is a terrible tragedy and an unbearable loss. WWE extends its sincere condolences and prayers to the Benoit family and loved ones in this time of tragedy."

    A native of Canada, Benoit maintained a residence in metro Atlanta from the time he wrestled for the now-defunct Ted Turner-owned World Championship Wrestling organization.

    He began his career in Calgary more than 20 years ago and had wrestled in Japan before moving back to North America.

    While working in Atlanta with WCW, he met his wife, Nancy, who managed several wrestlers and went by the stage name, "Woman."

    At the time, her then-husband drew up a script that had the couple involved in a relationship as part of an ongoing storyline.

    Soon after, the two became romantically involved in real life and married. Benoit has two other children from a prior relationship.

    He joined WWE in 2000, and four years later, won its world heavyweight championship.

    The family had moved into the Fayetteville neighborhood last summer, said neighbor Alaina Jones.

    None of the neighbors recalled seeing police at the house before. Monday night, about half a dozen cars idled on the circular driveway. Deputies stood guard outside the wrought-iron gates of the residence. A car full of youngsters who stopped to gawk at the scene were pulled out by deputies, frisked and sent on their way.

    The Monday night broadcast of WWE's "Raw" on the USA Network was supposed to have been a who-dunit into the "death" of Chairman Vince McMahon, whose limousine burst into a fiery explosion moments after he stepped into it after a bout in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., two weeks ago.

    The organization scrapped the storyline following Benoit's death, and instead televised a three-hour retrospective on Benoit's career.

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    Very Sad!!!!!

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    FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Pro wrestler Chris Benoit strangled his wife, suffocated his 7-year-old son and placed a Bible next to their bodies before hanging himself with the pulley of a weight machine, authorities said Tuesday.

    Investigators found prescription anabolic steroids in the house and want to know whether the muscle man nicknamed "The Canadian Crippler" was unhinged by the bodybuilding drugs, which can cause paranoia, depression and explosive outbursts known as "roid rage."


    Authorities are investigating whether steroids may have been a factor in the deaths of Chris Benoit, above, his wife and child.

    Authorities offered no motive for the killings, which were spread out over a weekend, and would not discuss Benoit's state of mind. No suicide note was found.

    "I'm baffled about why anybody would kill a 7-year-old," District Attorney Scott Ballard said. "I don't think we'll ever be able wrap our head around that."

    The Montreal-born Benoit was one of the stars of the WWE wrestling circuit and was known for his wholesome family man image. His wife, Nancy, was a wrestling stage manager who worked under the name "Woman." They met and fell in love when their wrestling story lines intertwined.

    When he won the world heavyweight championship, Benoit (pronounced ben-WAH) hoisted the belt over his head and invited his wife and child into the ring to celebrate.

    Nevertheless, Nancy Benoit filed for a divorce in 2003, saying the couple's three-year marriage was irrevocably broken and alleging "cruel treatment."

    She later dropped the complaint, as well as a request for a restraining order in which she charged that the 5-foot-10, 220-pound Benoit had threatened her and had broken furniture in their home.

    In the divorce filing, she said Benoit made more than $500,000 a year as a professional wrestler and asked for permanent custody of Daniel and child support. In his response, Benoit sought joint custody.

    The bodies were found Monday afternoon in three rooms of the house, off a gravel road.

    Benoit's wife, 43, was killed Friday in an upstairs family room, her feet and wrists were bound and there was blood under her head, indicating a possible struggle, Ballard said.

    The son, Daniel, was probably killed late Saturday or early Sunday, the body found in his bed, Ballard said.

    Benoit, 40, apparently killed himself several hours and as long as a day later, Ballard said. His body was found in a downstairs weight room, his body found hanging from the pulley of a piece of exercise equipment.

    The prosecutor said he found it "bizarre" that the WWE wrestling star spread out the killings over a weekend and appeared to remain in the house for up to a day with the bodies.

    Toxicology test results may not be available for weeks or even months, he said. As for whether steroids played a role in the crime, he said: "We don't know yet. That's one of the things we'll be looking at."

    Neighbors said the Benoits led a low-key lifestyle.

    "We would see Chris walking in his yard from time to time. He wasn't rude, but he wasn't really outwardly warm," said Alaina Jones, who lives across the street.

    Jimmy Baswell, who was Benoit's driver for more than five years, placed a white wreath at the Benoits' gate. "They always seemed like they were the happiest people," he said.

    World Wrestling Entertainment said on its Web site that it asked authorities to check on Benoit and his family after being alerted by friends who received "several curious text messages sent by Benoit early Sunday morning."

    The WWE, based in Stamford, Conn., said authorities asked that it not release further information on the deaths.

    "WWE extends its sincerest thoughts and prayers to the Benoit family's relatives and loved ones in this time of tragedy," the company said in a statement on its Web site.

    "He was like a family member to me, and everyone in my family is taking it real hard," said fellow Canadian Bret Hart, a five-time champion with the World Wrestling Federation. The federation has since changed its name to World Wrestling Entertainment.

    Benoit had maintained a home in Atlanta from the time he wrestled for the defunct World Championship Wrestling. The Fayette County Tax Assessors Office lists the value of the house, on more than 8.5 acres, at nearly $900,000.

    The WWE canceled its live "Monday Night RAW" card in Corpus Christi, Texas, and USA Network aired a three-hour tribute to Benoit in place of the scheduled wrestling telecast.

    Benoit had two other children from a prior relationship.

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