Last week, Benoit wrestled his last match on ECW and won the opportunity to wrestle last night at WWE Vengeance.  However, he never showed up, leaving fans both present and watching at home to wonder about his whereabouts.  Commentators announced he was involved in a family emergency.  One report says that he called the company Sunday and said that he would not be coming; his wife and son were throwing up blood, and he would be staying home to take care of them.

At 2:30 this afternoon, Chris Benoit, his wife Nancy, and his young son Daniel were found dead in their suburban home outside Atlanta, GA.  Investigators have not yet revealed details, but may be investigating the deaths as a homicide.  Autopsy results should be in later in the week.

Tonight’s WWE Raw did not go on as scheduled.  The original intent was for a three-hour tribute to Vince McMahon, who, in the storyline, was killed in a limo explosion.  Wrestlers from all three WWE organizations were to appear and compete during the McMahon memorial episode. Instead, the three hours were allotted as a tribute to Chris Benoit.  Only the ring and commentators were in the otherwise empty arena.  Commentators showcased some of Benoit’s greatest matches, and various wrestlers appeared in interviews to share their thoughts on the tragedy and pay tribute to a dear friend and colleague. 

Chris Benoit climbed the ladder of professional wrestling, competing in his native Canada, Japan, and in the U.S. in ECW, WCW, WWE, and was just recently drafted back into ECW.  He held numerous single and tag-team titles, and has always been regarded as a man who loved the wrestling business and was always an upstanding professional.

Deepest condolences to his family, his friends, and his fans.      

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