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Pro Wrestler Chris Benoit Found Dead


Professional wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife, and son were found dead June 25 in their home in suburban Atlanta, Georgia. Police said they were investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide.

A report on television station WAGA said that investigators believe the 40-year-old Benoit killed his wife Nancy and seven-year-old son Daniel over the weekend before committing suicide. A neighbor called police, who found the bodies in three rooms.

Lead investigator Lt. Tommy Pope, of the Fayette County Sheriff's Department, told The Associated Press the deaths were being treated as homicides, pending the results of a June 26 autopsy.

A native of Canada, Chris Benoit was a former World Wrestling Entertainment world heavyweight and Intercontinental champion. He also held several tag-team titles during his career.

The WWE cancelled its live "Monday Night RAW" card in Corpus Christi, Texas, and USA Network aired a special three-hour tribute to Benoit.

The Atlanta "Journal-Constitution" reported that Benoit's wife managed several wrestlers and went by the stage name "Woman." Benoit had two other children from a prior relationship.

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