Former WWE star Ashley Massaro passed away tragically on Thursday at the age of 39. Her cause of death has yet to be revealed, but a fake quote making the rounds on social media appears to have fooled a few publications.
Friday, The Blast reported that Massaro had committed suicide – citing a quote from her friend Shelly Martinez’s Facebook page. Martinez wrestled under the name Ariel during her time with WWE.
Dozens of sites linked to the post. Unfortunately, it appears to have been a fake quote. That’s what Martinez says, anyway.
Martinez took to Twitter to inform her followers that it was a fake account on Facebook that posted the quote. She said that she, like everyone else, has no idea of Massaro’s cause of death.
Makes me sick someone made a FAKE profile of me and post this. THIS IS NOT ME. pic.twitter.com/SJpaWManqy
— Shelly Martinez (@ShellyFromCali) May 17, 2019
FYI — Just spoke with Shelly Martinez. She says this Facebook post is NOT from her official accounts and not something she said. She is still unaware of the official cause of death at this time, just like everyone else. pic.twitter.com/1wq4ytOKHk
— Ryan Satin (@ryansatin) May 17, 2019
To be clear – this does not rule out suicide as a possibility. It just means that we still have no idea how she passed away.
Massaro, who wrestled with the WWE from 2005-2008, also starred on Survivor: China later in her career. Just days before her passing, she posted a photo of herself responding to fan mail on Twitter.
Just answered a ton of fanmail so you guys should be receiving them soon! Love ya punx🤘🏼🖤 pic.twitter.com/U1B1FJEoXK
— ☆ Ashley Massaro ☆ (@ashleymassaro11) May 15, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers remain with Massaro’s friends and family.