Former WWE Superstar Ashley Marie Massaro, better known by her ring name Ashley Massaro, has passed away at the tender age of 39, just 10 days before her 40th birthday.
TMZ first broke the news and per officials, Massaro was transported from her home in Suffolk County, NY to a nearby hospital where she took her last breath early Thursday morning.
The cause of her death is yet to be revealed but at this point, officials have described it as “non-criminal.”
Massaro made her WWE debut after winning the WWE Diva Search in 2005. She was signed to a $250,000 (£195,000) one-year deal.
Just two years later, Massaro competed in the most high-profile match of her career – against Melina at WrestleMania 23 (2007) for the WWE Women’s Championship.
The following year at WrestleMania 24, she participated in a Playboy BunnyMania LumberJill match.
Massaro worked with WWE from 2005-2008. She also became the valet for then-WWE Tag Team Champions Brian Kendrick and Paul London.
In 2007, Massaro also appeared on “Survivor: China” and was voted off on the second episode. She also graced the cover of April’s Playboy Magazine that same year which was revealed on a SmackDown episode.
WWE released the following statement on the passing of their beloved Massaro.
“We are saddened to learn of the tragic death of former WWE Superstar Ashley Massaro. She performed in WWE from 2005-2008 and was beloved by her fellow Superstars and fans around the world. WWE offers its condolences to Ashley’s family and friends.”
Several Superstars poured in their love and condolences on social media.
All Elite Wrestling also shared their condolences.
Massaro’s last tweet was about answering her fanmails.
In 2016, Massaro sued WWE claiming that she was sexually assaulted at a U.S. military base during a WWE tour of Kuwait (2008). The lawsuit further states that she underwent debilitating behavioral changes – anxiety, memory loss, migraines, depression and drug addiction since parting ways with the company. WWE later put her in rehab and helped her overcome the addiction.
Massaro is survived by her 18-year-old daughter Alexa.
Rest in peace, Ashley Massaro.