Ashley Massaro's Cause of Death Reportedly Revealed as Suicide by Hanging

In related news, the late star's legal team said that her brain might be donated to Dr. Bennet Omalu, a professor who researches brain injuries, alleging she might have had CTE.

AceShowbiz - More details surrounding the death of Ashley Massaro have emerged online. If reports from TMZ are to be believed, the former WWE star took her own life as multiple sources told the publication that she was found hanging in an apparent suicide.

This revelation supported previous reports which suggested that the blonde beauty died from suicide. Rochelle Loewen and Bull James fueled this speculation after they hinted that Ashley was struggling with her inner demon before she died. "If you're going through tough times, don't be afraid to reach out for help. RIP Ashley Massaro," Bill said in his tribute post to the late star.

Ashley was found unconscious at her home in Smithtown, New York in the early morning hours of Thursday, May 16. Officials administered CPR on the way to the hospital, but she was pronounced dead upon arriving at the hospital. She was 39.

Following her death, her legal team alleged that she might have had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease that has been linked to head trauma. They added that her brain might be donated to Dr. Bennet Omalu, a professor at the University of California at Davis who researches brain injuries, as CTE can only be confirmed after death.

Her lawyer, Konstantine Kyros, told the New York Post that he had asked her mother and daughter about donating the brain, though the response was not so good. "They were a little upset about it," he said, adding that there was a little time to make the decision. "It was Ashley's wishes to donate her brain."

If Ashley really suffered from CTE before her death, she wouldn't be the only star who was diagnosed with the disease. Several former NFL players, including Aaron Hernandez and Junior Seau, were diagnosed with CTE after committing suicide.

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