Daffney Unger’s cause of death was suicide, as confirmed by her autopsy.
The former WCW and TNA Wrestling star tragically passed away at the age of 46 in September 2021, and an autopsy reveals she was worried she had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) before her death.
As PEOPLE magazine reported, a Gwinnett County Police Department officer told the medical examiner’s office that the star “suffered multiple concussions and was concerned about CTE.”
The autopsy reveals that his parents Jean and Quentin Spruill requested that his brain be tested for CTE, which is a degenerative brain disorder caused by repeated concussions.
The condition can only be determined by a post-mortem examination.
The chief medical examiner confirmed that his brain had been transported to Boston University’s Brain Injury Center.
The autopsy also details Unger’s history of bipolar disorder, despite not taking her medication at the time of her death.
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The former wrestler died on September 2 after appearing on Instagram Live and making comments regarding her mental health while holding what appeared to be a small gun.
She said in the stream, “Don’t you understand I’m all alone?”
She asked again if anyone understood and begged people to “stop”.
Unger also mentioned the possibility of suffering from symptoms of CTE.
She said: “The most important thing to remember is that, CTE, head injuries and concussions, they can’t really be diagnosed until now… They can’t really be diagnosed until after you’re dead now.
“So I don’t want to do anything that hurts my brain. I want to be studied. I want future generations to know. Don’t do stupid shit like me.”
She added, “Remember, my brain goes to Boston.”
Following her death, several stars paid tribute to her, including WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley, who previously worked with her.
He wrote on social media: “So sorry to hear of Daffney’s passing. A terrible loss to her family, friends and the struggle. She was way ahead if her time in our company. #RIPDaffney
“If you are in pain and thinking of hurting yourself, know that help is available. (sic)”
While retired WWE star Paige, 29, remembers looking to Daffney as an “inspiration”.
She said, “Daffney…you’ve been an inspiration to a lot of people. You were one of the women I admired in this profession. Ahead of your time, leader of the misfits and loved by all who had the pleasure of meeting you.. RIP queen.. Heartbreaking.. #MentalHealthMatters (sic)”
This article was originally published on famoustainment.com.