WWE superstar Ashley Massaro died of an apparent suicide.
In a statement to The Blast, Massaro’s friend Shelly Martinez (who wrestled in ECW as Ariel) said Massaro had committed suicide.
“My best friend from the wrestling business died from suicide two days after responding to 300+ fan letters,” Martinez said. “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 was discovered unconscious Thursday morning at her Long Island home. A 911 call was placed at 5:23 a.m. and EMTs performed CPR on the way to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Friends said the former Playboy cover girl struggled with depression.
Massaro, who WWE describes as “beloved by her fellow superstars and fans around the world,” received an outpouring of support on social media after the news of her death was announced.
WWE Hall of Famer Torrie Wilson tweeted, “I can’t even begin to explain how devastated I am to hear about @ashleymassaro11 – legit one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. When we fall into a dark place it can seem like it will never change but if you are there PLEASE keep hope & reach out for help.”
If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, please call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. You are not alone, they can help.