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Service held for Nancy and Daniel Benoit


This March 29, 2004 file photo provided by World Wrestling Entertainment shows Chris Benoit. (CPimages/AP Photo/WWE)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Three weeks after they were found strangled in their home, the wife and seven-year-old son of professional wrestler Chris Benoit were honoured at a memorial service Saturday in Florida.

The Canadian-born Benoit killed his wife, Nancy, and son, Daniel, in their Atlanta-area home, placed Bibles next to their bodies and then hanged himself on the cable of a weight machine, authorities said.

Before the service, Jim Ross, the World Wrestling Entertainment announcer known as J.R., called the deaths "a real tragedy."

At the family's last-minute request, the service was not open to the media. Nancy Benoit's family lives in Florida.

Anabolic steroids were found in the Benoits' home, leading officials to wonder if the drugs played a role in the killings. Results of toxicology tests on the three have not been released.

Ross said drugs should not be the focus.

"It's not a steroid issue," Ross said. "It's a domestic issue. There's a lot of other criteria that has to be involved in it. I still can't believe it even happened."

Benoit was a World Wrestling Entertainment star with a wholesome, family-man image. Despite that appearance, however, Nancy Benoit filed for a divorce in 2003 alleging "cruel treatment." She dropped the complaint, as well as a request for a restraining order in which she alleged Benoit threatened her and broke furniture.

Nancy Benoit was a wrestling stage manager who married Benoit in 2000.

"I've known Nancy for 20 years. She was always exuberant and fun to be around," Ross said. "Always laughing, had a great sense of humour. You know, was one of the guys. Had great timing in the ring, was a beautiful lady."

Chris Benoit's father has said private services for him were to be held in Canada. It was unknown Saturday whether those services have taken place.