We have an replace on the tragic loss of life of Ashley Massaro.
As beforehand reported, the previous WWE Diva and Survivor: China contestant was rushed to the hospital on Thursday morning after paramedics responded to a name for assist.
Massaro was reportedly discovered unconscious at her dwelling in New York after she failed to indicate up for her job at a neighborhood radio station.
Despite the most effective efforts of emergency medical technicians on the scene, Massaro didn’t survive.
She died on the age of 39.
At the time of this preliminary report, few particulars have been obtainable relating to precisely what transpired — however The Blast has now revealed an announcement from Shelly Martinez (who wrestled as Ariel), wherein this shut pal of Massaro’s says the next:
“My finest good friend from the wrestling enterprise died from suicide two days after responding to 300+ fan letters. She was the happiest I’ve seen her in years, so stoked that individuals nonetheless cared about her 11 years after her profession was over.
“There are not any indicators. It comes with out warning. If you’re going by way of the worst shit in your life, simply know that you’re not alone. PLEASE search assist.”
Martinez is referring right here to a latest Tweet from Massaro, the place she confirmed off a pile of fan letters and wrote as a caption:
“Just answered a ton of fanmail so you guys should be receiving them soon!”
Prior to her suicid, Ashley Massaro had been a part of a category motion lawsuit towards the WWE wherein 60 wrestlers accused the corporate of failing to guard its workers from repeated head trauma and concussions that ultimately led to long-term mind injury.
The lawsuit was dismissed final 12 months after a decide deemed it “frivolous” and dominated that among the claims occurred previous the statute of limitations.
However, it was appealed shortly after and remains to be ongoing.
Therefore, Martinez could also be a bit off base when she says that Massaro taking her life got here out of nowhere.
It sounds as if she was truly in a number of ache.
According to the affidavit, Massaro says she was “literally knocked out cold for five minutes,” and says afterward of how WWE responded:
“Not only did I not receive treatment, but I was told to brush it off.”
Massaro claimed to have “sustained a number of concussions” throughout her wrestling career, along with “hairline fracture in my spine and sustained numerous back injuries.”
She was “finally identified with herniated discs in C4 and C5 of my vertebrae.”
In the affidavit, which Massaro wrote in 2017, she defined:
“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 was the primary winner of the WWE Diva Search earlier than retiring from the corporate in 2008.
She left behind an 18-year previous daughter named Alex who has shared a tribute and a few photographs of herself and her mom within the wake of this tragedy.
“i want i might have gotten newer photos,” she wrote together with the next picture, for instance.
She later added:
“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.”
Just so tragic throughout.
As authorities proceed to analyze what occurred, those that knew Ashley are in mourning.
“She is so much more than her image,” Leslie Nease, a fellow Survivor contestant and good friend, informed People Magazine.
“After we were both voted off we spent hours in deep conversation for several days. She had a very soft and kind side. I am so thankful I was able to see that and know her that way.”
Added Torrie Wilson, who wrestled alongside Ashley within the WWE:
“I can’t even start to elucidate how devastated I’m to listen to about [Ashley Massaro] – legit one of many sweetest folks I’ve ever identified.
“When we fall right into a darkish place it will probably appear to be it’ll by no means change however in case you are there PLEASE preserve hope & attain out for assist.”
If you or somebody you realize wants assist, please name the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).