On this day in Pro Wrestling history in 2007, one of the most infamous incidents in Pro-Wrestling history happened when former World Heavyweight Champion Chris Benoit, after killing his wife & son, committed suicide. He was 40 years old.
During his 22 year career, Benoit worked for almost all major promotions including WWF/WWE, WCW, ECW, NJPW, CMLL.
He was a 2 time World Champion – former WCW World Heavyweight Champion & World Heavyweight Champion (WWE). On June 25, 2007, police entered Benoit’s home on a “welfare check” after several missed appointments, leading to concerns. The officers discovered the bodies of Benoit, his wife Nancy, and their 7-year-old son Daniel. Upon investigating, no additional suspects were sought by authorities. It was determined that Benoit had committed the murders.
Over a three-day period, Benoit had killed his wife and son before hanging himself. His wife was bound before the killing. Benoit’s son was drugged and likely unconscious before Benoit strangled him. Benoit then committed suicide with a weight machine.