Chris Benoit’s Murder-Suicide During a Fit of “Roid-Rage” ?
A two-time World Heavyweight Champion, Benoit was a decorated wrestler, having competed in both the ECW, WCW and WWE. Tragically, Benoit’s life ended in June 2007, when police discovered his body, along with the bodies of his wife Nancy and son Daniel, in what police later ruled as a murder-suicide.
According to Medical Evidence, Chris Benoit’s Anabolic Steroid Use Did Not Contribute to the Events That Led to The Tragic Double-Murder-Suicide .
Though the coroner found elevated levels of testosterone in Benoit’s system at the time of his death, it was ruled that the murders were not the result of “roid rage,” as the media was widely reporting. The coroner attributed these elevated levels to a treatment program designed to treat deficiencies caused by years of steroid use.
Later tests revealed that Benoit suffered from severe brain damage, a result of years of trauma to the head. According to his neurosurgeon, Benoit suffered from an advanced form of dementia caused by repeated concussions. This, in turn, can contribute to severe behavioral problems where, tragically, patients will harm either themselves or others.
The Chris Benoit double-murder and suicide occurred over a three-day period ending on June 25, 2007. World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) professional wrestler Chris Benoit allegedly killed his wife Nancy Benoit, strangled their seven-year-old son Daniel, and subsequently committed suicide by hanging. Autopsy results showed that Benoit first murdered his wife. She was bound at the feet and wrists and died of asphyxiation some time on Friday, Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard told a news conference. She was wrapped in a towel and some blood was found under her head but Ballard said there were no other signs of a struggle.The couple’s son, who also died of asphyxia, was apparently killed as he lay in bed on Saturday morning, hours before Benoit committed suicide by hanging himself in his weight room. Chris Benoit placed copies of the Bible alongside the bodies of his wife and son, as well as a third Bible on his weight lifting machine. Since Benoit’s suicide, numerous explanations for his actions have been proposed, including brain damage,steroid abuse,and a failing marriage with his wife. The murder led to numerous media accounts, and federal investigation into steroid abuse in professional wrestling.