Ex-WWE superstar Ashley Massaro died of an apparent suicide after she was found unconscious inside of her Long Island home Thursday morning.
According to the New York Post, authorities arrived at Massaro’s Smithtown home after she failed to appear at her job in a local radio station. As emergency medics attempted to resuscitate the 39-year-old, she died en route to a local hospital. The former wrestler suffered from depression for years and blamed various injuries she suffered from during her stint with the WWE. She also joined a class-action lawsuit against the WWE, where it stated that the company failed to help and protect wrestlers from concussions and other injuries.
The lawsuit affidavit says that Massaro claimed she endured multiple concussions and was not aware of the risks since the WWE failed to inform her:
“Aside from my on-going physical injuries that were sustained in the ring, and my former battle with addiction, to this day I suffer from depression, for which I take medication; migraine headaches; and severe short-term memory loss,”
Massaro is known for being the first winner of the WWE’s Diva Search and she retired from wrestling in 2008.
A WWE rep said that Massaro contacted them last year to apologize for her involvement in the lawsuit and said the lawsuit “got out of control fast.” A statement was released by the WWE in reference to Massaro’s death:
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“We are saddened to learn of the tragic death of former WWE Superstar Ashley Massaro,” the company said. “She performed in WWE from 2005-2008 and was beloved by her fellow Superstars and fans around the world. WWE offers its condolences to Ashley’s family and friends.”
Press play to watch one of Massaro’s matches in the clip below.