Joined: 23 Jun 2007
According to lead investigator Lt. Tommy Pope, of the Fayette County Sheriff’s
Department, in Fayetteville, Ga., the deaths of WWE Superstar Chris Benoit, wife Nancy and
son Daniel were the result of a double murder-suicide, WWE.com has learned.
Benoit failed to appear both at Saturday’s live event in Beaumont, Texas, and WWE’s
Vengeance: Night of Champions in Houston Sunday night, after informing WWE of a family
emergency. Several curious text messages sent by Benoit early Sunday morning prompted
concerned friends to alert Richard Hering, VP of Government Relations for WWE, Inc.
Hering, in turn, spoke with Fayette County sheriffs Monday, and requested they respond to
the Benoit residence to check on him and his family.
Authorities representing the Sheriff’s Department initially had a difficult time
entering Benoit’s new Fayetteville home Monday afternoon, which had been guarded by two
large German Shepherds roaming freely around the property. Once authorities entered the
residence, they quickly located the bodies of Benoit, Nancy and Daniel. WWE was notified
of the discovery at approximately 4 p.m.
At 10 p.m. Monday night, Lt. Pope held a press conference in conjunction with Scott
Ballard, the district attorney for Fayette County. The press conference officially ruled
authorities’ findings as a double murder-suicide from within the home.
WAGA, a FOX-owned and operated television station in Atlanta, reported that investigators
believe Benoit killed his wife and 7-year-old son over the weekend, then himself on
The three bodies have been received by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab,
in Decatur, Ga., where autopsies will be performed Tuesday morning. Toxicology reports
will not become available for at least two weeks.