The world recently lost another Superstar as Ashley Massaro unfortunately passed away at the age of 39. Ashley’s friends, family and fans have been mourning her ever since news of her passing broke, and now The Blast is reporting that Massaro took her own life.
The report notes that Ashley Massaro had been battling depression for years, and she failed to show up to her job at a local radio station which raised a red flag.
She was then discovered unconscious at her home in Smithtown, and died on the way to the hospital.
Friend of Ashley Massaro and former WWE star Shelly Martinez spoke out on Ashley’s death and noted that she responded to over 300 fan letters when she posted the following:
“My best friend from the wrestling business died from suicide two days after responding to 300+ fan letters. She was the happiest I have seen her in years, so stoked that people still cared about her 11 years after her career was over. There are no signs. It comes without warning. If you are going through the worst shit in your life, just know that you are not alone. PLEASE seek help.”
Ashley Massaro was part of the WWE roster from 2005 to 2008, and she joined a class action lawsuit against the company which claimed that the company failed to protect wrestlers from concussions.
In an affidavit that was filed in 2017, Massaro noted that she suffered from on-going physical injuries, and short-term memory loss due to her time in the ring.
“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 said.
WWE issued the following statement following her passing:
“We are saddened to learn of the tragic death of former WWE Superstar Ashley Massaro. 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.”