Ex-WCW Wrestler Dead at 46 After Troubling ‘CTE’ Video

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The world of professional wrestling is in mourning today following the loss of a former wrestler. Former professional wrestler Daffney Unger has died at age 46, several wrestling promotions and WWE on Fox have confirmed.

Unger’s mother Jean Tookey Spruill also 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. Absolutely heartbroken.”

Prior to her passing, Unger was seen  an Instagram Live   holding what appeared to be a small gun. In her video, Unger discussed potentially having symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disorder caused by repeated concussions.

“The most important thing to remember is, that, CTE, and head injuries and concussions, they can only really now be—” Unger said in the video, before pausing and taking several nervous breaths. “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,” she continued. “I want the future generations to know. Don’t do stupid s— like me.”


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After the Instagram Live, former pro wrestler Mick Foley used Twitter to ask people to help locate Unger.

“If anyone has a way of reaching Daffney Unger, or knows her address, please help out,” Foley said. “She’s in a bad personal place and is threatening to harm herself. My phone call went straight to voicemail.”

RIP Daffney.


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