David Benoit, the son of former WWE wrestler Chris Benoit, recently reported for the first time about the suicide that his father committed in 2007, and David is convinced that Chris was not himself.
"It wasn't him, man. It definitely wasn't," David Benoit said to Chris Van Vliet in a seated interview on camera. "He would never do that, I know he wouldn't. I think something went terribly wrong. The doctor said he had CTE. That gave me a certain degree at the beginning. It just made life a little easier for me, I didn't have to think about it. He had CTE. I don't think it was him. "
Chris killed his second wife Nancy and 7-year-old son Daniel before hanging in Georgia on June 24, 2007. Chris, who was 40, "had the brain of an 88 year old with Alzheimer's," said David. "It blows me away, man. All the chair shots that he made without protecting himself. "
David, now 27, says he was 14 or 15 at the time of the murder and lived in Edmonton with his mother. He didn't believe it at first and said he hit a policeman when he found out.
"I didn't believe it for days, brother," said David. "I think the day he really met me was his funeral. It was a hard day, it was a super hard day. "
It took David seven months to go on. He said the last time he spoke to his father was on Father's Day in 2007 when they talked for two hours.
“We just laughed and prepared to make plans for the summer. I have to say to him one last time, "I love you," David said tearfully. "It feels good to get it off my chest. It feels good. I've never talked about it."
Eddie Guerrero, who was very close to Chris Benoit, died of heart failure on November 13, 2005 at the age of 38.
"It did matter," said David. "It hit him hard when Eddie died? This man was his best friend. "
Chris wanted to retire in 2006 when he was recovering from his injuries and got a role as a backstage producer at WWE.
"I wish he had taken it or just retired," said David. "I asked him to withdraw too."
After the details of the suicide had emerged, WWE distanced himself from Chris Benoit and has rarely, if ever, mentioned him since. David hopes that will change.
"It's terrible, man. It's just terrible," David said of his father's destroyed legacy. “I want WWE to remember him at least for the good times. I want him in the Hall of Fame. "