WWE Superstar Ashley Massaro took her own life eight month after the dismissal of a lawsuit where she claimed head injuries sustained from her wrestling career made her spiral into depression, The Blast reports.
Massaro died at the age 39 from undisclosed, but non-criminal causes after being rushed from her home on Long Island to a hospital on Thursday morning.
She was discovered unconscious at her New York home after she failed to show at her local radio job and insider claimed.
The wrestler and model was a WWE Superstar from 2005 to 2008, and rose to even greater notoriety among a mainstream audience after appearing on the cover of Playboy.
WWE Superstar Ashley Massaro reportedly died by suicide at the age 39. Officials said she passed from undisclosed, but non-criminal causes after being rushed from her home on Long Island to a hospital on Thursday morning. Massaro is pictured at The 2014 Exxxotica Expo, Edison, New Jersey on November 8, 2014
She spoke in the past about spiraling into depression and addiction in a class action lawsuit and said it was triggered by injuries sustained in her work for WWE. But it got dismissed in September 2018
Massaro was transported from her $500,000 residence (shown) in Suffolk County, New York to the hospital early on Thursday morning, where she passed away, officials said
Officials responded to her Suffolk County home following a call reporting an unconscious female and administered CPR during the ride to the hospital, according to dispatch audio obtained by The Blast. She passed away in hospital, officials told TMZ.
Massaro joined a class action lawsuit against WWE related to potential head injuries in November of 2016, filed by attorney Konstantine Kyros, the Boston Globe reported.
Massaro accused the company of concealing risks of injury known to cause neurological damage as well as alleging the company discouraged her from reporting an alleged sexual assault she survived on a US military base in Kuwait in 2006 during a WWE tour.
That lawsuit was dismissed in September 2018.
Massaro said in her 2017 affidavit: ‘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.
‘I attribute these issues to my work-related injuries sustained while working for the WWE, and specifically to the routine repetitive blows to the head, I received in the ring over the course of my career which were not properly diagnosed or treated.’
Officials responded to her home following a call reporting an unconscious female and administered CPR during the ride to the hospital, according to dispatch audio
Massaro had one daughter, Alexa (left), who will turn 19 years old in July
She posted via Instagram: ‘I wish i could have gotten more recent pictures’
Alexa (right as a child) posted: ‘I love you mommy i want to wake up in your arms more than anything i want to give u a big hug please come back this cant be real’
Massaro claimed it caused her severe and ongoing pain and suffering, emotional distress and financial hardship’.
She said the organisation ‘used narcotics as a tool to allow me and other wrestlers to perform through our injuries’ leading to addiction which she sought treatment through the WWE Former Talent Rehab Program in September 2010.
Massaro remained in the program for 42 days but said there was no monitoring after the program and claimed WWE ignored other aspects of the head trauma.
She also referenced one neck-breaker injuring during a match with Torrie Wilson in 2005 that caused damage.
Wrestler Mick Foley tweeted about his friend and neighbor’s death on Thursday
Kelly Klein said she was kind and encouraging whenever they met each other
Wilson was among many colleagues who paid tribute to Massaro on Friday, tweeting: ‘I can’t even begin to explain how devastated I am to hear about [Ashley Massaro] – legit one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. When we fall into a dark place it can seem like it will never change but if you are there PLEASE keep hope & reach out for help.’
The WWE organization released a statement in response to Massaro’s death, offering their condolences to the fighter’s family and friends.
‘We are saddened to learn of the tragic death of former WWE Superstar Ashley Massaro,’ the statement read.
The organization said Massaro ‘was beloved by her fellow Superstars and fans around the world. WWE offers its condolences to Ashley’s family and friends.’
WWE said Massaro ‘was beloved by her fellow Superstars and fans around the world. WWE offered its condolences to Ashley’s family and friends’
Massaro’s former colleagues have expressed their upset over the news of her passing
On Wednesday before her Thursday death Massaro shared images of fan mail she had received
Massaro had one daughter, Alexa, who will turn 19 years old in July. She posted via Instagram: ‘I wish i could have gotten more recent pictures’ and ‘I love you mommy i want to wake up in your arms more than anything i want to give u a big hug please come back this cant be real.’
Massaro used to date fellow wrestler Matt Hardy. Hardy is now married to Reby Hardy and they have two children.
Mrs Hardy was criticized on social media following the news of Massaro’s death, claiming she doesn’t care about the passing of her spouse’s ex.
She replied to a tweeter: ‘People desperately trying to force me to care about something I don’t give a f**k about & looking for it in s**t that ain’t there. Im out here tweeting about drag race but I’m fat & ugly cuz I ain’t in mourning lol.’
Mrs Hardy tweeted Massaro last November after she posted about finding an old CD Mr Hardy burned for her in 2005.
‘You think I forgot you tried to come over here with pills in ’11?’ she said in a longer expletive-filled tweet.
Massaro’s former colleagues have expressed their upset over the news of her passing with former WWE Diva Jillian Hall telling Heavy.com she was ‘absolutely devastated… heartbroken’ by the news.
The two competed together as part of Zero1 Professional Wrestling USA, a lesser-known professional wrestling ring, in 2017.
The cause of death has not yet been revealed, but it has been classified as ‘non criminal’
Reby Hardy – wife of Massaro’s ex – posted that she didn’t care about her death Thursday
Last November Mrs Hardy angrily tweeted Massaro after she shared a memory about her ex
Massaro used to date fellow wrestler Matt Hardy but the man is now married with children
In an eerily foreshadowing Instagram post shared on January 5, Massaro wrote: ‘Those who died yesterday had plans for this morning. And those who died this morning had plans for tonight. Don’t take life for granted. In the blink of an eye, everything can change. So forgive often and love with all your heart. You may never get to have that chance again.’
Massaro’s WWE career started in 2005, after she won the Raw Diva Search.
The win came with a $250,000 award and a one-year contract with the WWE.
During her time with the WWE, she battled rival Melina for the Women’s Championship title at Wrestlemania 23 in 2007, but was defeated.
That same year she competed on Survivor: China, but was voted off in the second episode.
During her time with the WWE, she battled rival Melina for the Women’s Championship title at Wrestlemania 23 in 2007, but was defeated. Massaro is pictured at Trump Tower in New York City in March of 2007, where she announced the details of Wrestlemania 23
Also in 2007, Massaro competed on Survivor: China, but was voted off in the second episode
During an episode of WWE’s ‘Smackdown,’ Massaro revealed that she appeared on the April 2007 cover of Playboy magazine.
She also became a valet for WWE tag team champions Paul London and Brian Kendrick, charming fans as she escorted the fighters to the ring.
Massaro is said to have previously dated London.
Massaro asked to be released from the WWE in mid-2008 after her only daughter, Alexa, became sick and required Massaro’s care.
Born on July 23, 2000, Alexa was weeks away from turning eight at the time.
During an episode of WWE’s ‘Smackdown,’ Massaro revealed that she appeared on the April 2007 cover of Playboy magazine. She is shown holding the issue
Massaro is pictured on the April 2007 cover of Playboy magazine
Massaro graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication and a minor in Business, according to an archived version of her Survivor profile on CBS’s website.
Massaro grew up in Babylon, New York on Long Island. Her father, brother and uncle competed in amateur wresting, preparing her at a young age for the life that was to come for her.
She was a former gymnast, who competed in beauty pageants and was crowned Miss Hawaiian Tropic USA in 2002 and Miss Hawaiian Tropic Canada in 2005.
She lived in Smithtown in a large home, tucked away behind trees along the water.
The estimated value of the home is $509,217, according to Zillow.
Massaro grew up in Babylon, New York on Long Island. Her father, brother and uncle competed in amateur wresting, preparing her at a young age for the life that was to come for her
Massaro’s WWE career started in 2005, after she won the Raw Diva Search.Massaro asked to be released from the WWE in mid-2008 after her only daughter, Alexis, became sick and required Massaro’s care. Born on July 23, 2000, Alexis was weeks away from turning eight at the time