Daffney Unger, a former WCW professional wrestler, died after posting a disturbing video to social media in which she appeared to be speaking her last words while holding what appeared to be a small handgun, according to multiple reports on Thursday. She was 46 years old.
A spokesperson for the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the death to TMZ Sports, but did not disclose a cause or manner.
Unger – real name Shannon Spruill – was reportedly found dead of an apparent suicide, her friend and wrestling peer Lexie Fyfe told the Daily News on Thursday.
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Neither the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s Office nor Fyfe immediately responded to Fox News requests for confirmation and comment.
“We are so sad to have to announce the passing of Shannon Spruill aka Daffney Unger @screamqueendaff,” Fyfe – real name Mary Beth Bentley – wrote in a moving Instagram post Thursday.
“We are publishing this at the request of her family,” she added. “Please respect their privacy during this difficult time. I will miss you my logical sister from another gentleman.”
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In a tearful conversation with the Daily News, Fyfe said Unger “was found very early this morning”.
“That last act, I don’t want him to define it,” Fyfe continued. “She would always want people to ask for help and check out those they are worried about. She will be missed.”
Unger took to Instagram Live on Wednesday night and appeared distressed, keeping her pet out of the room as she blurted out a disturbing message about brain injuries, CTEs and concussions.
“Don’t you understand that I’m all alone?” ” she said. “Don’t you understand that?”
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Later, she could be heard in the footage saying that she didn’t want to do anything that could hurt her brain as she wanted it to be examined and added, “Remember, my brain is going to Boston.”
TMZ reported that Fyfe, 52, told them Georgian police struggled to locate Unger after many in the wrestling community took to social media to express their support for Unger as he he former artist just moved less than a week ago.
Unger won the World Championship Wrestling Cruiserweight title in May 2000 and then played for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling from 2008 to 2011.
Wrestling legend Mick Foley said he tried to contact Unger before his tragic end.
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“If anyone has a way to reach Daffney Unger, or knows her address, please help them. She is in a bad personal situation and threatening to harm herself. My phone call went straight to the phone. Voicemail.” Foley tweeted Wednesday.
“Her family has been reached and at her current address. She has moved within the past two weeks. Police have been dispatched,” Sean Ross Sapp, editor of Fightful.com, tweeted about 20 minutes later.
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After learning of Unger’s reported death, Foley again tweeted, “I am so sorry to hear of Daffney’s passing. A terrible loss to her family, friends and wrestling. She was far ahead though. [sic] its time in our business. #RIPDaffney. “
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).