WWE Questions If Fragile X Was Too Much Pressure

Ryan Gray


The following article comes from WWE.com:

Benoitâ<80><99>s son suffered from Fragile X Syndrome; speculation over whether pressure was too much

Written: June 27, 2007

WWE.com learned from an interview conducted Tuesday by Vancouverâ<80><99>s News1130 that Chris Benoitâ<80><99>s son Daniel possibly suffered from Fragile X Syndrome, a genetically passed-on condition that results in impairments ranging from physical and learning disabilities, to more severe cognitive or intellectual disabilities.

In the interview with News1130, Pam Winthrope, whose own 12-year-old son suffers from Fragile X Syndrome, recounted how she and her husband talked to Benoit about the condition five years ago.

â<80><9c>We talked to him because I was trying to set up a support group in B.C. and in Canada; we only have a couple of them,â<80> she said. â<80><9c>My husband was struggling when we got diagnosed with our son, and Chris was struggling with his. They talked for a few minutes, and then he said he didnâ<80><99>t want to be a public face for Fragile X. He just wanted to keep it really, really quiet.â<80>

A source close to Benoit recalls similar conversations with him, where he described his sonâ<80><99>s condition as â<80><9c>a learning disability much like autism.â<80> This source quotes Benoit as saying â<80><9c>Daniel wasnâ<80><99>t capable of interacting with other children and was afraid of other children. Daniel also had a hard time making eye contact with everyone, which was another symptom of his disability.â<80> Benoit also claimed that his son was on medication for this condition.

Winthrope discussed the pressures facing parents of children diagnosed with Fragile X syndrome. During her interview with News1130, she stated that families can be torn apart by the disease because it’s very difficult to find help and support. Winthrope added, “You as a parent have to go out there and find what’s available and it’s not easy — they don’t tell you.”

A co-worker and long-time friend of the Benoits speculates that perhaps the pressures of home and Danielâ<80><99>s illness had gotten to him, causing him to snap and take the lives of his wife and son before taking his own.

â<80><9c>Is it possible that after Chris killed Nancy (for whatever reason), he felt Daniel wouldn’t be able to get the care and attention he required as a special needs child (if that is indeed true) with no mother and a father either in jail or dead? Did he then decide that the only way he could protect and take care of his son was to take him to the next world and go with him? In his warped and twisted state, did he think this was the only way to shield his son from a difficult life of pain and hardship? It doesn’t condone or justify a damn thing, but it’s the best reason I can think of. I’m trying to put together some semblance of logic for his actions, but it’s an impossible task trying to explain this.â<80>

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