UPDATE: The Blast says they have confirmed the story but Shelly Marinez says she did not write the Facebook post about Massaro committing suicide. At this point, there is no official word from authorities on the cause of death.
Martinez posted this on Twitter:
Makes me sick someone made a FAKE profile of me and post this. THIS IS NOT ME. pic.twitter.com/SJpaWManqy
— Shelly Martinez (@ShellyFromCali) May 17, 2019
ORIGINAL: Former WWE star Ashley Massaro died from an apparent suicide. Friends of Massaro have hinted at this on social media and former WWE star Shelly Martinez was the first to confirm the cause of death via her Facebook page. The cause of death was also confirmed by The Blast website.
Martinez wrote: “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.”
In Massaro’s last tweet, she talked about answering the latest batch 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
As we noted last night, Massaro was part of a class action lawsuit against WWE that alleged that the company failed to protect employees from repeated head trauma and concussions.
Massaro said she was once knocked out cold for five minutes and later told to brush it off. She also said she was diagnosed with herniated discs in C4 and C5 of her vertebrae and she was dealing with numerous back injuries.
In an affidavit filed in 2017, she said, “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.”
The story from The Blast notes that Massaro was working at a local radio station but failed to show up for work and that raised a red flag. She was discovered at her home on Thursday morning in Smithtown, New York.