Wrestling star Daffney Unger ‘died from gunshot wound’ after holding pistol and discussing suicide on Instagram Live
FORMER WCW star Daffney Unger reportedly died from a gunshot wound to the chest after holding a pistol and discussing suicide in a troubling Instagram Live.
The wrestler, known to fans as the Scream Queen, was found dead on Thursday at her home in Norcross, Georgia with a gun within reach of her body, according to a police report obtained by TMZ.
Fans grew concerned for the 46-year-old's wellbeing after she posted a video on social media on Wednesday night.
"Do you guys not understand that I’m all alone?" Daffney – real name Shannon Spruill – said in the Instagram Live as she began to cry.
She continued to ask if anyone understands, before begging "just please stop" and becoming increasingly upset.
Daffney was then seen holding what appeared to be a small pistol, before saying: "Remember, my brain goes to Boston."
The video also contained references to Daffney potentially having symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) – a degenerative brain disorder caused by repeated concussions.
She said: "The most important thing to remember is that CTE and head injuries and concussions, they can only really now be-".
After a pause and several breaths she continued: "They can now really only be diagnosed after you are dead.
"So, I don't want to do anything to hurt my brain. I want to be studied.
"I want the future generations to know. Don't do stupid s*** like me."
Cops met Daffney's mom Jean at her home for a welfare check on Thursday, with the police report stating they knocked at the door but there was no answer, and so they left without trying to gain entry.
They returned to her house a few hours later, and spotted Daffney's car had been parked near the apartment.
Police were still unable to get in, and so a maintenance man gave them a key – but it was unable to unlock the deadbolt.
Fire crews were called to the scene, who broke down the door.
Daffney was found dead inside, with a gun reportedly close to her body.
The medical examiner has yet to determine the official cause and manner of her death.
Her mom Jean Tookey Spruill confirmed her death, writing on Facebook: "It is with great sadness I have to let you know that my daughter Shannon Spruill … Scream Queen Daff, passed away suddenly last night.
Daffney – who earned her nickname for her goth-punk style and uninhibited shrieking – was best known for her appearances with World Championship Wrestling between 1999 and 2001.
She also found fame at Total Nonstop Action Wrestling from 2008 to 2011.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.
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