Pro Wrestler, Wife And Son Found Dead


Monday, June 25th 2007, 8:02 pm
By: News On 6


FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (AP) _ WWE wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife and son were found dead Monday and police said they were investigating the deaths as a homicide.

Lt. Tommy Pope of the Fayette County Sheriff's Department said the three were found at their home about 2:30 p.m., but refused to release details.

Pope said results of autopsies on Benoit, his wife Nancy, and 7-year-old son Daniel were expected Tuesday.

Benoit, 40, was a former world heavyweight champion, Intercontinental champion and held several tag-team titles over his career.

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

Benoit was scheduled to perform at the ``Vengeance'' pay-per-view event Sunday night in Houston, but was replaced at the last minute because of what announcer Jim Ross called ``personal reasons.''

Benoit, a Canadian native, maintained a home in metro Atlanta from the time he wrestled for the defunct World Championship Wrestling.

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.