Former WCW star Daffney Unger’s cause of death revealed


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Georgia medical examiners have determined how former professional wrestler Daffney Unger died on September 2.

According to autopsy results released Monday, Unger died of a gunshot wound to the chest. The way to die was suicide. Unger was 46 years old.

In an Instagram Live video posted the night before authorities found her, Unger opened up about being “lonely” and talking about chronic traumatic degenerative brain disease (CTE) encephalopathy and how which she wanted her brain donated for evaluation.

“Don’t you understand that I am all alone? she says. “Don’t you understand that?” She could later be heard in the footage saying she didn’t want to do anything to hurt her brain as she wanted it checked out and added, “Remember, my brain is going to Boston.”

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Unger, whose real name was Shannon Spruill, “had suffered multiple concussions and was concerned about CTE,” a Gwinnett County Police Department official told the county medical examiner’s office, the report said.

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The limited autopsy procedure included an extraction of Unger’s brain. The report further concludes that Unger “had a known medical history of bipolar disorder and multiple head injuries”, and adds that “the deceased would no longer be taking her medication”.

Daffney Unger, former professional wrestler for WCW, died in September at the age of 46.
(AP Photo/The Sun Herald, James Edward Bates)

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Following Unger’s concerns, the medical examiner’s report states that his parents, Jean and Quentin Spruill, asked Unger to be tested for CTE, a condition that can only be confirmed after death.

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Unger’s brain has since been transported to Boston University’s Traumatic Brain Injury Center for analysis, according to the medical examiner.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


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