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Chris Kanyon, Ex-WWE Wrestler, Dead in Apparent Suicide

By: CBS News
By: CBS News

NEW YORK (CBS) Chris Kanyon, one of the first openly gay pro wrestlers, was found dead in his Queens, N.Y. apartment Friday night after he apparently committed suicide.

The former WWE wrestler, whose real name is Chris Klucsaritis, was found dead in his Sunnyside, Queens apartment with scores of pills near his body, reported the New York Daily News. An official cause of death has not yet been determined.

The WWE issued a statement on its website, saying, "World Wrestling Entertainment would like to express its deepest condolences to Christopher Klucsaritis' family and friends on his tragic passing." Klucsaritis was under contract with the WWE from 2001 to 2004 when he retired, although he still occasionally did battle in the ring.


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