DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Chris Benoit's professional wrestling
colleagues were among the mourners Saturday at a memorial service
for his wife and their 7-year-old son.
Benoit killed his wife, Nancy, and son, Daniel, in their home in
the Atlanta area three weeks ago, placed Bibles next to their
bodies and then hanged himself on the cable of a weight machine,
Before the service began at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church,
Jim Ross, the World Wrestling Entertainment announcer known as
J.R., called the deaths "a real tragedy."
Nancy Benoit's parents, Paul and Maureen Toffoloni, live in
At the family's last-minute request, the service was not open to
the media. Some wrestling fans were allowed in.
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.
Ross said Saturday that drugs shouldn't be the focus.
"It's not a steroid issue," Ross said. "It's a domestic
issue. There's a lot of other criteria that has to be involved in
it. I still can't believe it even happened."
Benoit, born in Montreal, was a World Wrestling Entertainment
star with a wholesome family man image. Nancy Benoit, however,
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
"I've known Nancy for 20 years. She was always exuberant and
fun to be around," Ross said. "Always laughing, had a great sense
of humor. You know, was one of the guys. Had great timing in the
ring, was a beautiful lady."
Chris Benoit's father has said private services for him were to
be held in Canada. It was unknown Saturday whether those services
have taken place.