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UPDATED: Ashley Massaro Death Reportedly Suicide, Brain Could be Donated for CTE Research

May 21, 2019 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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UPDATE: The New York Post is also reporting that the brain of Ashley Massaro might be donated for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) research. This comes from Massaro’s lawyer, Konstantine Kryos, who asked Massaro’s mother and daughter to donate her brain for the research.

Her brain could possibly be donated to Dr. Bennet Omalu, who is a professor at the University of California at Davis. He researches CTE, which can only be confirmed after death.

Kryos commented on the subject of Massaro’s family members, “They were a little upset about it,” Kryos said, stating that they need some time to make the decision. He added, “It was Ashley’s wishes to donate her brain.”

ORIGINAL: According to a new report by TMZ, former WWE Superstar Ashley Massaro was said to have died due to suicide by hanging. Massaro was reportedly found after she hung herself in her home in Suffolk County, New York last Thursday morning. Multiple sources connected to the situation are stating her death was a suicide.

Ashley Massaro was later transported to a nearby hospital where she was ruled dead. The report states that her death is currently being classified as “non-criminal.” Massaro is survived by her daughter. WWE later commemorated Massaro with an “In Memory” screen last Sunday night at the Money in the Bank event.

Massaro’s cause of death was not reported last week. There were rumors and talk of her death being suicide, but there was nothing substantial until now.

Former WWE Superstar CM Punk also commented on her passing recently on WMGM last week. Punk commented, “Tremendously sad way to go. Thoughts obviously go out to her family, especially her daughter.”

He added that people suffering from depression or mental health issues should reach out to someone for help. He stated, “It’s May. It’s Mental Health Month. I don’t know specific details. I heard a couple things, but if anyone that’s out there and you’re listening to this, if you’re depressed and things aren’t going your way, there’s no reason to feel alone. Just reach out to somebody. Text a friend. Call somebody. There’s hotlines. There’s ways you can get help.”

You can listen to an audio clip of Punk’s comments on Massaro below.