World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has dismissed reports illegal substances played a long-term role in the demise of late wrestler Chris Benoit--he passed a random drug test in April.
Cops believe the wrestling superstar murdered his wife and 7-year-old son before killing himself at their Atlanta home, after authorities discovered their bodies on Monday afternoon.
Detectives believe 40-year-old former World Heavyweight Champion Benoit asphyxiated his wife Nancy and son Daniel on Friday and Saturday, respectively, before hanging himself on Sunday.
Anabolic steroids were found at the wrestler's home--the scene of the murders--suggesting the drugs played a role in the family's deaths.
Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard alleges needle marks were found on Daniel's arms--insinuating Benoit had injected his son with steroids before killing him.
But the head of the WWE believes Benoit's use of illegal substances must be a relatively recent development, because there was no trace of drugs in his system when he undertook a surprise test earlier this year.
WWE Chairman Vince McMahon says, "The last test that Chris Benoit took of a random nature was in April which he was totally negative.
"Whether or not there were other aspects involving his life that had something to do with his behavior, hopefully we can find out in some way."
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