Published July 14, 2007
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – Three weeks after they were found strangled in their home, the wife and 7-year-old son of professional wrestler Chris Benoit were being buried Saturday.
Benoit killed his wife, Nancy, and son, Daniel, in their home in the Atlanta area, placed Bibles next to their bodies and then hung himself on the cable of a weight machine, authorities said.
Nancy Benoit's parents, Paul and Maureen Toffoloni, live in Daytona Beach.
Anabolic steroids were found in the Benoits' home, leading officials to wonder if the drugs played a role in the killings. Results of toxicology tests on the three have not been released.
Benoit, born in Montreal, was a World Wrestling Entertainment star with a wholesome family man image. Despite that appearance, however, Nancy Benoit filed for a divorce in 2003 alleging "cruel treatment." She dropped the complaint, as well as a request for a restraining order in which she alleged Benoit threatened her and broke furniture.
Nancy Benoit was a wrestling stage manager who worked under the name "Woman." The two met in the 1990s when she was married to rival wrestler Kevin Sullivan. She left Sullivan and married Benoit in 2000.