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.”