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Chris Benoit – The Toxicology Report

Posted by shadmia on July 18, 2007


Chris Benoit killed his wife and son and then committed suicide over a three day period (June 22-24, 2007). Found in the house were 10 empty beer cans, an empty bottle of wine and prescription anabolic steroids. Benoit had been to see his personal physician (Dr. Phil Astin) the very day authorities think that he killed his wife. Dr. Astin had admitted he gave Benoit testosterone prescriptions in the past, but decline to say if he gave him any prescriptions on the day of his last visit. All this fueled suspicions that Benoit may have been under the influence steroids when he killed his family and then himself.

The Toxicology Report has now been released:

  • Chris Benoit – Tested positive for Testosterone, Xanax (an anti anxiety drug) and hydrocodone (a pain killer)
  • Nancy Benoit – Tested positive for Xanax, hydrocodone, hydromorphone (a pain killer) and had a blood-alcohol level of .184 (enough to be legally drunk).
  • Daniel Benoit – Tested positive for Xanax

While he tested negative for anabolic steroids, the level of testosterone found in Chris Benoit’s body was extremely high, more than 10 times the normal. The Testosterone-Epitestosterone levels came in at an alarming ratio of 59:1. The average human has a T/E ratio of 1:1, although it can be slightly higher than this. A ratio of 4:1 raises suspicions and higher than 10:1 would be an automatic test failure. For more on T/E ratio click here

“This level of testosterone indicates that he had been using testosterone some time prior to the day that he died,” Dr. Kris Sperry, chief medical examiner for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, said.

Chris Benoit had been tested just two months prior for drug use by the WWE which issued the following statement:

“WWE understands that the toxicology reports for Chris Benoit indicate that he tested positive for testosterone and negative for anabolic steroids. On Mr. Benoit’s last drug test in April 2007 administered by Aegis Labs, he tested negative for anabolic steroids and for testosterone,” the statement read in part. “Given the toxicology report of GBI released today, it would appear that Mr. Benoit took testosterone sometime [between] his April 2007 test and the time he died.”

Chief medical investigator Chris Sperry warned not to read too much into Benoit’s elevated testosterone levels:

“This level of usage is fairly common with someone who has chronic pain. It’s therapeutic usage … there was no evidence of the laundry list of anabolic steroids out there,” he said. “All I can rely on is scientific data, and what that information says is that no one really knows [if steroid usage led to the murders]. It’s an unanswerable question.”

Nancy Benoit had pain killers and alcohol in her system but the strangest finding was that Daniel Benoit, 7 yrs-old, had tested positive for Xanax. This finding led the authorities to believe that the boy was sedated before being killed by his father.

“I would not say these findings do not [provide any answers],” GBI chief medical investigator Chris Sperry told reporters. “These results give answers as far as being able to say that Daniel Benoit was sedated at the time he was murdered — that’s an unusual finding. Other than that, they don’t reveal anything at all.”

Griffin County District Attorney Scott Ballard added that while the toxicology results are just another “aspect” of the investigation surrounding the Benoit case, and that — despite what most within the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department believe to be true — the case is still open.

“Fayette County is still investigating, but everything leads us to believe that this was a murder-suicide,” Ballard said. “Each investigation has many aspects to it, and this is just one of those aspects.”


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4 Responses to “Chris Benoit – The Toxicology Report”

  1. thomas said

    benoit never lookedlike a junkie. i thought he was honest and prude and professional.. he was a good entertainer . what happens behind the scenes is terrible. by the way..another one of my favourites, Ken shamrock got saved. He is now a true christian.

  2. Sarah said

    Nancy Benoit was drunk and high as a kite, (could you imagine mixing hydromorphone,(most potent pain killing prescription drug under law) with alcohol then throwing a valium (hydrocodone) in with it??? I could see her drugging Daniel, being wasted herself, then chris coming home and finding that all. Also, Nancy was a scrappy girl…she had no problems fighting, she’s been divorced 2 times already, (there’s a rumor that nancy assulted kevin sullivan with a knife toward the end of their marriage, I have yet to find the source that stated this) and from all avenues explored, she was working on her third marriage that night. I also wonder if he was considering going back to the ex…the life insurance and bank acct scream that his previous family was still well in his thoughts, and the fact that his ex never remarried makes me think she still was/is in love with him. Also during his DUI arrest they found him in front of the house he used to share with his first wife and his two kids. I have no doubts anymore that chris probably did do this….however, I believe that not all the circumstances scream he did it on purpose or that he premeditated it. overall it’s a tragedy for all involved.

    Sarah C. Koob

  3. ROADBLOCK said

    i was just wondering maybe like a few people out there whether someone who might have had a grudge for some reason could have done the murder and made it look like a murder suicide. i mean when the british bulldog davie boy smith died there were rumours that he was in perfect health and ready to make a comeback. And that maybe he was murderded could it be possible that there is someone out there killing of wrestlers. And i mean everybody knows about steroid abuse in wrestling it’s the first thing anybody thinks of.I know nobody will never realy know what went on that night for definate but i for one would like to belive that he did not kill him self or his family and remember him for being the great wrestling performer that he was.

  4. Guy said

    After reading the toxocoligy reports and the fact that Beniots wife was extremely intoxicated It wouldn’t surprise me that there was a fight that broke out between the two over the fact that beniot was still involved with his ex wife. I cant see nancy being a frail person. I’m sure she was a fighter eventhough benoit was over 200 pounds I would have to think that they had an arguement it got violent and this wasn’t a premeditated attack or a steroid enduced attack. It was alcohol fueled. The part that baffles me though is that drugs were found in the sons body

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