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Ashley Massaro: WWE star dies aged 39

Ashley Massaro: WWE star dies aged 39

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Former WWE star Ashley Massaro has died at the age of 39 after being taken to hospital from her home in Long Island.

The wrestler and model, who competed in WWE between 2005 and 2008, died of "non-criminal causes", Suffolk County Police say.

WWE says it's "saddened to learn of the tragic death of former Superstar Ashley Massaro" and offers its condolences to her family.

Ashley joined the WWE in 2005 after winning its Raw Diva Search.

That earned her a $250,000 (£195,000) one-year contract.

Two years later she went on to compete in the most high-profile match of her career, against Melina at Wrestlemania 23 for the WWE Women's Championship.

She fought at Wrestlemania again the following year.

Wrestlers old and new paid tribute to Ashley and shared memories of their time with her in WWE.

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Twitter post by @MariaLKanellis: I have no words. Ashley was my tag partner at Wrestlemania. My sometimes road wife. We did countless photo shoots and press days together. It seems like yesterday Ashley was a major part of my life and then our worlds changed and now she is gone. Im heartbroken for her family.
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Twitter post by @Torrie11: I can’t even begin to explain how devastated I am to hear about @ashleymassaro11 - legit one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. When we fall into a dark place it can seem like it will never change but if you are there PLEASE keep hope & reach out for help.
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Twitter post by @RealMickFoley: This is just awful news - Ashley Massaro is gone. She was only 39. She lived in the same town as me...I loved seeing her around. She was always so nice...and now she’s gone. #RIPAshleyMassaro
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Twitter post by @itsBayleyWWE: Ashley Massaro ❤️ Thank you for the memories.
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Twitter post by @DanaBrookeWWE: My heart is saddened to hear about the passing of @ashleymassaro11 ! So strong but yet so young 😔 Heaven received an Angel - prayers to Ash’s family - RIP
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Ashley, who has an 18-year-old daughter, also appeared on the cover of Playboy magazine during her career – as well as on the reality TV series Survivor.

She passed away ten days before her 40th birthday.

Her cause of death is currently not known.

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