Monday, June 25, 2007

Chris Benoit has died

Multiple news outlets are reporting that Chris Benoit, his wife, and his 7-year old son have been found dead in their home. Apparently Benoit missed an event on Sunday due to family issues. I'll report more as the story progresses.

Update - report here is that he canceled an appearance tonight because his family was "coughing up blood".

Update - report here says that the police are investigating the deaths as a homicide.

Another update here - saying that the police believe that this was a murder-suicide. How awful if true.

Another update. OH. MY. GOD. (Reg req'd, highlights below)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- WWE wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife, and son were found dead Monday and police said they were investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide.

Detective Bo Turner told television station WAGA that the case was being treated as a murder-suicide, but said that couldn't be confirmed until evidence was examined by a crime lab.
The station said that investigators believe the 40-year-old Benoit killed his wife, Nancy, and 7-year-old son, Daniel, over the weekend, then himself on Monday. A neighbor called police, and the bodies were found in three rooms.

Lead investigator Lt. Tommy Pope, of the Fayette County Sheriff's Department, told The Associated Press the deaths were being investigated as homicide, and that the causes of death awaited autopsy results on Tuesday. Pope said the bodies were discovered about 2:30 p.m., but refused to release details.

Another update: Apparently the AP is reporting that Chris may have strangled his wife on Saturday, and then smothered his son in his bed on Sunday, and then hanged himself. How awful.