On June the 24th, 2007 the landscape of professional wrestling changed forever. Chris Benoit who was one of the most beloved & respected wrestlers in the industry, was found dead in his home in Georgia. The discovery sent shockwaves throughout the world and dominated mainstream media outlets for moths to follow.
Autopsy results showed that 40-year old veteran killed his wife on a Friday night, his son the following morning and then he himself committed suicide on the Sunday. Reports suggest that Benoit's wife Nancy, was found laying in a pool of blood wrapped in a towel while Daniel their son was found in his bed dead.
The horrific details of this tragic event have mentally scarred wrestling fans worldwide, but there are still some less well-reported truths surrounding Benoit's death that I'll present to you today.
#5 Benoit had brain damage, yes brain damage
According to medical examinations that took place after the tragedy, experts diagnosed Benoit with 'severe brain damage' stating that his brain resembled the nature of an '85-year old Alzheimer's patient.'
Brain damage in many cases can be the explanation for symptoms of a mental person such as unnecessary aggression, depression and erratic behaviour. It is well known that concussions can lead to brain damage and many former friends of Benoit stated he had a very nonchalant attitude towards injuries in wrestling.
He saw it as an honour to wrestle each night whether injured or not. Thankfully the damage brain tissue in his body wasn't linked to any steroid use.