Ashley Massaro, a former WWE wrestler, tragically died by hanging in what was apparently a suicide last Thursday in mid-May.
Now, a group of supportive women, all wrestling stars who worked alongside Massaro in WWE, has launched a GoFundMe campaign to support her 18-year-old daughter’s financial needs.
Read on to learn more about Massaro’s untimely death and the crowdfunding campaign aimed at supporting her teenage daughter.
Ashley Massaro’s Death
Ashley Massaro tragically died by hanging (an apparent suicide) on May 16, 2019, on Long Island. She was nearly 40 years old, just a week out from her upcoming birthday.
In an affidavit filed by her lawyer, Konstantine Kyros (who has filed and lost prior suits against WWE), Massaro claimed she was drugged, sodomized, and sexually assaulted by a U.S. military doctor in 2006 in Kuwait during a WWE-related trip, which some believe might have been related to her untimely death.
She also claimed that she had informed WWE owner Vince McMahon of the assault but that he had not taken any action, accorded to documents filed in relation to the suit.
On the Wednesday after Massaro’s death, WWE released an official statement declining any involvement with or knowledge of the alleged sexual assault. They also shared their condolences for Massaro’s family. The lawsuit is set to continue in July.
The GoFundMe Campaign for Alexa Massaro
A group of former and current WWE wrestlers calling themselves “The Squared Circle Sisters” has rolled out a GoFundMe Campaign in the wake of Massaro’s tragic death.
The campaign was launched by wrestlers Lilian Garcia, Mickie James, Gail Kim, Lita, Brooke Adams, Maria Kanellis, Shelly Martinez, Candice Michelle, Taryn Terrell, Christy Hemme, Katarina Waters, Victoria, Rosa Mendes, Torrie Wilson, and Trish Stratus.
The campaign’s goal of $100,000 is aimed at providing a New York State college savings plan for Massaro’s 18-year-old daughter, Alexa “Lexi” Massaro.
Within just a day, the campaign had already reached almost $30,000 in donations, many of which were generously made by other WWE wrestlers and wrestling fans.