Wrestler Chris Benoit, wife and child found dead

Associated Press - June 25, 2007 8:54 PM ET

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say pro wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife and 7-year-old son were found slain today at their Fayette County home.

Sheriff's Lieutenant Tommy Pope said the three were found about 2:30 pm, but he would release no other details about the deaths at the house near White Water Country Club.

Pope said the deaths were being investigated as homicide, but said the cause of death awaits autopsy results tomorrow.

He would not say how the bodies were discovered, or who found them.

The World Wrestling Entertainment said on its Website that the 40-year-old Benoit, his wife, Nancy, and son, who was named Daniel, were found dead but also had no other details.

The WWE said that instead of its programming tonight on USA Network, it would air a three-hour tribute to Benoit.

Benoit, a Canadian native maintained a home in metro Atlanta from the time he wrestled for the now-defunct World Championship Wrestling.

Most recently, he fought as part of the WWE.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Benoit's wife, Nancy, managed several wrestlers and went by the stage name, "Woman." The newspaper says they met when her then-husband drew up a script that had them involved in a relationship as part of an ongoing storyline on World Championship Wrestling.

Benoit has two other children from a prior relationship.

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