At 2:30 on Monday afternoon, authorities found the bodies of professional wrestler Chris Benoit and his family inside their Fayette County home in Atlanta. Investigators are calling the scene a murder-suicide with Benoit, 40, killing his 43-year- old wife Nancy and seven-year-old son Daniel over the weekend before taking his own life on Monday. No suspects are being sought out.

Benoit had cancelled an appearance for the pay-per-view “Vengeance” show in Houston due to personal reasons the day before. He said that his wife and son were sick and vomiting up blood. Authorities were called to check on the family after Benoit sent several alarming text messages to some friends on Sunday morning. Most of the messages basically read his home address. Another stated that the dogs were detained and that the side garage door was opened. Apparently, these were messages to help authorities find the family’s bodies after he took his own life. The bodies were discovered in three separate rooms in the house. He is said to have strangled his wife, Nancy in an upstairs bedroom. He then suffocated his 7-year-old son who was found in his bed. The boy was said to be small with needle marks in his arms from growth hormones he had been receiving. Benoit then placed a Bible next to each of their bodies before hanging himself with a weight-machine pulley in a downstairs weight room. There was no suicide note to explain a motive. However, the scene of the crime appeared planned since Nancy had been bound at the hands and feet.

Benoit was born in Montreal, Canada and became a world heavyweight champion. He was also an intercontinental and tag-team champion. On Monday night, WWE canceled its live “Monday Night RAW” show set to air live from Corpus Christi, Texas, and the USA Network aired a three-hour tribute to the wrestler instead. His wife was a stage manager for several professional wrestlers and was called “Woman.” She and Benoit met when her husband at the time wrote a script involving them in a relationship on World Championship Wrestling. Benoit leaves behind two children from another relationship.

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