WWE rocked by tragic death of Ashley Massaro, aged 39

Carla Harmon
May 20, 2019

A former WWE superstar and competitor on "Survivor" was found dead in her Long Island home at the age of 39.

Former WWE star Ashley Massaro died Thursday in Suffolk County, N.Y., WWE announced Thursday.

From all of us here at The Floor Seat, we would like to wish our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Massaro.

Massaro emerged on to the WWE scene by winning the 2005 edition of the Diva Search.

We're told the death is now under investigation, but officials would not say more at this time.

She tweeted Wednesday afternoon that she "just answered a ton of fanmail".

WWE superstars, friends and fans joined the WWE in sharing their fond memories of Massaro. She would have turned 40 on May 26, and leaves behind a daughter.

We have learned that Ashley Massaro has tragically passed away.

We are so saddened to hear the news of Ashley Massaro.

She ended up turning that into a multi-year deal with WWE, working with the company until 2008.

When Wilson accepted her Hall of Fame induction, it was just days after her father passed and she spent her speech telling others to always look at the best of themselves and be the best people they can be. The cause of death is not yet known, though it has been classified as "non-criminal", according to TMZ.

Massaro was one of 60 former professional wrestling stars involved in a lawsuit accusing WWE of failing to protect its talent from repeated blows to the head, resulting in long-term brain trauma caused by degenerative diseases like CTE.

Massaro failed to report to her job at a local radio station, which raised a red flag.

Fellow former wrestler Mick Foley reacted to Massaro's death via Twitter. She became an extremely popular Superstar both in and out of the ring. I remember being off with an injury and watching this handsome, charismatic, athletic girl crowned Diva Search victor....

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