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Benoit’s Son May Have Suffered From Fragile X Syndrome

June 27, 2007 | Posted by Ashish

More news continues to fly in regarding the Chris Benoit double murder-suicide….

– A woman claiming to have been a friend of the Benoit family told News 1130 in Vancouver that Benoit’s son suffered from Fragile X syndrome but that they had decided to keep the disease secret. The following description of Fragile X syndrome is from Wikipedia.

“Aside from intellectual disability (mental retardation), prominent characteristics of the syndrome include an elongated face, large or protruding ears, flat feet, larger testicals in men (macroorchidism), and low muscle tone. Behavioral characteristics may include stereotypic movements (e.g., hand-flapping) and atypical social development, particularly shyness and limited eye contact. Some individuals with the fragile X syndrome also meet the diagnostic criteria for autism. While full mutation males tend to present with severe intellectual disability, the symptomology of full mutation females runs the gamut of minimally affected to severe intellectual disability, which may explain why females are underdiagnosed relative to males.”

The woman stated that the disease is very hard for families to deal with because there is not much help and support for it. This may explain why Benoit’s son was being injected with human growth hormones. It should be noted that the woman’s story and her status as a friend of the Benoit family has not been confirmed by the Associated Press or any other national media outlet.

– Meanwhile, the Edmonton Sun has an article up on the Benoit story that features quotes from Dr. John Bradford, associate chief of the integrated forensic program for the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group. In the article, Dr. Bradford states that murder-suicides are usually carried out by the father and usually because he believes that the family would be “better off in heaven.” He also stated that depression also often plays a factor, and that potential steroid use could lead to rage attacks and depression. Check out the full article here.

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