WWE and the wrestling community is sad to learn the tragic news that former WWE Superstars Ashley Massaro has passed away. She was only 39 years old.
While the cause of death has not been determined, TMZ is reporting that the officials have classified her passing as “non-criminal.” According to the media site, officials said that Massaro was transported from her home in Suffolk County, NY to a nearby hospital where she would pass early Thursday morning.
Massaro was well known as a former WWE Superstar who was popular during the Diva's Era of women's wrestling. She was the winner of WWE’s 2005 Raw Diva Search that included a prize of a one-year contract worth $250,000 and from there went on to earn a WWE contract, becoming one of the most popular female competitors of that time. Not only was she a competitor in the ring, competing against Melina at WrestleMania 23 for the WWE Women’s Championship, but she would also move on to become the manager for Paul London and Brian Kendrick.
WWE commented on her passing saying, "We are saddened to learn of the tragic death of former WWE Superstar Ashley Massaro. WWE offers its condolences to Ashley's family and friends." WWE would be joined by a number of personalities in wrestling sending out their thoughts.
We are saddened to learn of the tragic death of former WWE Superstar Ashley Massaro. WWE offers its condolences to Ashley’s family and friends. https://t.co/PqHSRbOGso— WWE (@WWE) May 17, 2019
Mick Foley said, “This is just awful news – Ashley Massaro is gone. She was only 39. She lived in the same town as me…I loved seeing her around. She was always so nice…and now she’s gone. #RIPAshleyMassaro” while Brandi Rhodes of AEW wrote, "I am so terribly sad to hear of the passing of Ashley Massaro. She was always so kind to me and supportive. This is an incredible loss."
These sentiments were echoed all over social media on Thursday with one media scribe pointing out that Ashley's last tweet was about answering fan mail. "Think that’s very telling of the person Ashley Massaro was," they wrote.
Everyone here at The Sportster sends our thoughts and prayers out to Ashley's friends and family.