Former WWE star Ashley Massaro died on Thursday, the WWE confirmed. She was 39.
From press reports, we know this: She was transported from her home in Long Island, New York, to a hospital around 5:30 a.m. on Thursday morning where she died.
The cause of death is not yet known, though it has been classified as “non-criminal,” according to TMZ.
She tweeted Wednesday afternoon that she had just answered “a ton of fan mail”.
Just answered a ton of fanmail so you guys should be receiving them soon! Love ya punx🤘🏼🖤 pic.twitter.com/U1B1FJEoXK
— ☆ Ashley Massaro ☆ (@ashleymassaro11) May 15, 2019
“We are saddened to learn of the tragic death of former WWE Superstar Ashley Massaro,” the WWE said in a statement. “She performed in WWE from 2005-2008 and was beloved by her fellow Superstars and fans around the world. WWE offers its condolences to Ashley’s family and friends.”
Massaro’s career took off after she won the “2005 Raw Diva Search,” and she won the WWE Women’s Championship against Melina at Wrestlemania 23 in 2007. She also briefly competed on “Survivor: China” in 2007, though was voted off in the second episode.
Her history with the WWE was not without controvery..
She alleged in the lawsuit that she was sexually assaulted on a WWE trip to an American military base in Kuwait in 2006. She said she was examined by a company doctor after returning from the trip, who then reported the incident to WWE executives. Those executives, she said, later met with her “to apologize for their negligence, but [they] persuaded her that it would be best not to report it to appropriate authorities.”
And now at the age of 39 she is gone..