Former WWE Diva Ashley Massaro Dead at 39, Suicide Suspected
Ashley Massaro, former WWE wrestler and winner of the WWE Divas Search, passed away Thursday, just shy of her 40th birthday.
Massaro, who spent three years with the WWE, failed to report to her job at a Long Island radio station Thursday, prompting a wellness visit at her home. Massaro was found unconscious and died en-route to the local hospital. The NY Post has reported that the cause is death is now being speculated to be suicide.
The former Playboy cover model and 'Survivor' contestant had been open about her mental health and drug issues, stemming from injuries sustained during her time with WWE. Massaro joined other former wrestlers in a class action lawsuit against the company saying the WWE failed to protect the wrestlers from concussions and head trauma. According to Massaro,
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.