Former WWE star Ashley Massaro passed away at the age of 39 after being taken to hospital from her home in Long Island.
According to the Suffolk County Police died of “non-criminal causes”. Real cause of death is not known yet.
She passed away just ten days before her 40th birthday and has an 18-year-old daughter.
Ashley joined the WWE in 2005 after winning its Raw Diva Search, that managed earned her a $250,000 (£195,000) one-year contract.
Two years later she went on to compete in the most high-profile match of her career, against Melina at Wrestlemania 23 for the WWE Women’s Championship. She fought at Wrestlemania again the following year.
During her career, she also appeared on the Playboy magazine cover and also took part in the reality TV series Survivor.
WWE in a statement said that it’s “saddened to learn of the tragic death of former Superstar Ashley Massaro” and offered condolences to her family.
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
As soon as her death news went public, wrestlers and friends are paying tribute to Ashley on social media by sharing her memories and her time in WWE.
I have no words. Ashley was my tag partner at Wrestlemania. My sometimes road wife. We did countless photo shoots and press days together. It seems like yesterday Ashley was a major part of my life and then our worlds changed and now she is gone. Im heartbroken for her family. https://t.co/QTcNxN3P0K pic.twitter.com/olaTWKD9JS
— MariaKanellisBennett (@MariaLKanellis) May 17, 2019
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 pic.twitter.com/wOUY4gsTQo
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) May 17, 2019
Absolutely sad to hear this today and still can’t believe it . You will be missed my friend @ashleymassaro11 rest easy 🙏🏾. My prayers and condolences goes out to Ashley daughter and her entire family .. #toyoungtogososoon #ripashleymassaro #wwediva pic.twitter.com/x8DGrO1h3d
— RIKISHI (@TheREALRIKISHI) May 17, 2019
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.
— Torrie Wilson (@Torrie11) May 17, 2019
My heart is saddened to hear about the passing of @ashleymassaro11 ! So strong but yet so young 😔 Heaven received an Angel – prayers to Ash’s family – RIP
— Dana Brooke WWE (@DanaBrookeWWE) May 17, 2019
— Samuel 🏴☠️ (@DemonVillain) May 17, 2019
You are not alone out there. Let’s work to put differences aside and focus more on the commonalities we all share. Love and support your friends, family and community. We can all do better. #RIPAshleyMassaro
— Amy Dumas (@AmyDumas) May 17, 2019
— Christy (@hemmepowered) May 17, 2019