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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Chris Benoit depressed

I haven't really followed the developments of this story that took place this summer. A haunting story still and the wrestling press is still talking about it. Apparently roid rage wasn't what killed the Benoit family here.

Reading various reports over the past few days it was said that there were examinations of Benoit's brain. Think about what you might see in a forensics special. Say the type you'd watch on HBO and you'll know what I'm talking about. That is they cut open your skull and then slice your brain into sections to determine if there's anything amiss in your brain. A part of the autopsy.

Well I shouldn't have given those gory details about what a coroner does after a person's death but it's what happened with Benoit. They found out that he's had concussions over the course of his wrestling career. For those of you who don't understand wrestling, the sport may not be real competition, but there are truly many ways a person can get a concussion.

Let's just say that someone might really put too much into a kick. The kick isn't supposed to connect, but sometimes they do. Or maybe someone put too much into a chair shot. Or still with all the high risk moves wrestlers do these days someone just has to land wrong. I can't list every possible way a wrestler gets a concussion, but these are things one can only hear about.

Then this news provided by 1wrestling.com, that Benoit wrote diary entries that indicated depression. This got me to thinking maybe a neurologist might be able to visit this blog and answer this question. Could a concussion change the general brain chemistry and cause depression of some type?

I'm sure the investigation is still going on as to why Benoit did what he did back in June. And let me give you some of this story as well...

Journal entries written by wrestler Chris Benoit show he was wracked with grief and preoccupied with death after his best friend died in 2005, according to a lawyer representing Benoit's father.

Benoit, who killed his wife and 7-year-old son and committed suicide in June, wrote the diary as a series of letters to the friend, fellow wrestler Eddie Guerrero, according to lawyer Cary Ichter, who represents the wrestler's father in estate litigation.

Benoit's father, Michael Benoit, referred to the diary earlier this month, saying it was "written by someone who was extremely disturbed at the time." The father has said murder-suicide was out of character for his son and supported medical tests that recently showed Chris Benoit suffered brain damage that could have caused depression and irrational behavior.

Authorities say anabolic steroids were found in the home and Chris Benoit had a high amount of synthetic testosterone in his body when he died, leading to some speculation that steroid-induced rage sparked the killings.

Ichter, who said he knew Benoit for years, described what he said were Benoit's writings but he did not make copies of the journal available for review.

Ichter noted that at one point Benoit wrote to his friend, "I will be with you soon," an apparent nod to his own mortality.

"It showed that he was very depressed," Ichter said of the entries.

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