Former WWE star and “Survivor” contestant Ashley Massaro, who was reportedly found unconscious Thursday morning at her home in Smithtown, N.Y., died after apparently taking her own life, The Blast reports.
Massaro, 39, had said for years that she suffered from depression, blaming it on “routine repetitive blows” she suffered to the head while wrestling for the WWE, The Blast reports.
“Before her death, Ashley Massaro had been part of a class action lawsuit against the WWE, where 60 wrestlers accused the wrestling juggernaut of failing to protect its employees from repeated head trauma and concussions that eventually developed in long-term brain damage,” The Blast reports. “The lawsuit was dismissed last year after a judge deemed it ‘frivolous’ and ruled some of the claims occurred past the statute of limitations, however, it was appealed shortly after and is still ongoing.”
The report cites a previously sealed affidavit that was released by Massaro’s attorney, Konstantine Kyros, in which Massaro details the pain and suffering she allegedly endured while working for the WWE.
“According to the affidavit, Massaro said she was never informed of the ‘long-term risks associated with concussions or repeated head trauma and I had never even heard the terms of TBI or CTE mentioned,'” The Blast reports. “She claims to have been ‘literally knocked out cold for five minutes,’ and says afterward, ‘not only did I not receive treatment, but I was told to brush it off.’”