Former WWE superstar Ashley Massaro has died, the organization announced Thursday night. She was 39.
The cause of her death was not announced.
Massaro, who has an 18-year-old daughter, Alexa, competed in WWE from 2005-08 after winning the Diva Search contest. She also competed in “Survivor” in 2007.
Massaro, who WWE describes as “beloved by her fellow superstars and fans around the world,” received an outpouring of support on social media after the news of her death was announced.
WWE Hall of Famer Torrie Wilson tweeted, “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.”
Ashley Massaro attends the “Big Event” at the LaGuardia Plaza Hotel.
Mick Foley, also a Hall of Famer, tweeted, “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”
Massaro sued WWE in 2016, according to the Boston Globe, alleging that she was sexually assaulted at a US military base in Kuwait during a WWE trip. She also joined dozens of other wrestlers to allege that WWE concealed the dangers of head injuries that have caused them neurological damage, according to the report.
The Globe also reported that Massaro said she underwent behavioral changes after leaving WWE, including developing a drug addiction, and alleged that she suffered from depression, memory loss and migraine headaches.