STAMFORD, CT, June 25 /CNW/ - World Wrestling Entertainment was informed
today by authorities in Fayette County, Ga., that WWE Superstar Chris Benoit,
his wife, Nancy, and his son were found dead in their home. Authorities are
investigating, but no other details are available at this time.
Instead of its announced programming for tonight on USA Network, WWE will
air a three-hour tribute to Chris Benoit.
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.
Carl DeMarco, President of WWE Canada, added, "I am deeply saddened over
the loss of Chris Benoit. My heartfelt thoughts and sympathy go out to his
parents and family. My relationship with Chris has extended many years and I
consider him a great friend. Chris was always first-class - warm, friendly,
caring and professional ... one of the best in our business."
For further information:
For further information: Media Contact: Gary Davis, (203) 353-5066;
Kevin Hennessy, (203) 352-8657