EDIT: I removed Benoit’s picture from here. He doesn’t deserve to have an “in memory of” or anything of the sort. I’ll have another post on the subject sometime soon, since I was apparently very wrong in believing that Chris Benoit was one of the good guys in pro wrestling. In fact, he was apparently one of the worst, but just hid it very well. For now, though, I don’t feel like I could put together a cohesive post on the subject, so we’ll just let it be for a few hours, or days.
I don’t talk about pro-wrestling very much on this blog, mostly because I rarely, if ever, watch it anymore. But I’ve been a fan since I was a toddler, and today’s news that Chris Benoit and his entire family were found dead on their home is very, very tough to take. Benoit has always been known as one of the good guys — someone who didn’t take steroids or do drugs, was a great family man, and gave his all to entertain the fans.
Pro wrestling is a business where a large number of the guys die young, but 99% of the time it’s due to drugs and their own stupidity. Chris was different than those guys, and to see something like this happens just sickens me.
Rest in peace, Crippler. You will be missed.
UPDATE: I’ve got a large number of readers coming to the blog because of this story, so I’ll continue to do follow ups on the news as it breaks. As things stand right now (10:09pm ET on Monday, June 25), police have stated that they’re investigating the Benoit deaths as a murder-suicide, which is not the news I wanted to hear. At first they reported that it was being investigated as a homicide, but that text was changed within minutes to murder-suicide.
10:34pm ET: Fox News in Atlanta reports that police investigators said that Benoit killed his wife and son a few days ago, and then killed himself today. Additionally, more details have been released from Lt. Tommy Pope of the Fayette County Sheriff’s department. Benoit missed several appointments over the weekend, leading concerned parties to ask police to do a welfare check. When police arrived at the home, they found the three bodies. Pope also says that the instrument used in the deaths was located at the crime scene, and that police are not searching for a murder suspect outside of the house.
11:10pm ET: Numerous news stations are now confirming the earlier update about Benoit being responsible for the murders, and WWE.com has posted a news item stating that the deaths were ruled a murder-suicide.
12:42am ET: According to many sources, the Fayette County police are working under the theory that Benoit killed his wife Nancy on Saturday, his son on Sunday, and then killed himself on Monday. Nancy’s body was found in the living, son Daniel in his own bedroom, and Benoit himself was found in his weight room. I can’t read any more about this tonight, so I’m going to bed, but I’ll update it tomorrow morning when I expect they’ll make the official announcement as to the cause of death.