Former WWE superstar, Diva Search Winner and Playboy Cover Girl Ashley Massaro has passed away at the age of 39.
The news was broken in by TMZ.com earlier today. Several news and social media outlets and wrestling websites started picking up on the sudden announcement. The news was later confirmed by a statement from WWE.com regarding her untimely passing.
According to TMZ’s report, they noted that Massaro was transported from her home in Suffolk County, NY to a nearby hospital where she died early Thursday morning. Officials would not reveal the cause of death at this point, but were told that it was being classified as “non-criminal.”
Massaro won the WWE Diva Search in 2005, which gave her a one-year contract and $250,000 in winnings. She was trained by legendary wrestlers Dave “Fit” Finley and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat. While mostly a glamour model, she transitioned quickly to wrestler. With her punk rocker chick look and model appeal, Massaro quickly became a fan-favorite and wrestling for both Raw and Smackdown brands. She wrestled in feuds with Torrie Wilson, Candice Michelle, Victoria, Melina Perez, Mickie James, Michelle McCool, Layla El, and Jillian Hall. She partnered multiple times with former WWE Women’s champion, Trish Stratus, who served as mentor and trainer during her tenure. Massaro also served as manager and personal valet to former WWE tag team champions, Paul London and Brian Kendrick.
Prior to wrestling, Massaro competed in beauty pageants and modeling competitions, having won Miss Hawaiian Tropic USA in 2002 and Miss Hawaiian Tropic Canada in 2004. She also graced covers and featured in FHM, Maxim, Stuff, Flex and Femme Fatales magazines. While with the company, she also appeared on the cover of Playboy in 2007 and also competed in “Survivor: China”. She also had a few minor acting roles, most notably as a guest star on “Smallville” for the CW network and appeared in music videos such as Timbaland’s “Throw It On Me” and Rev Theory’s “Hell Yeah”.
Her final tweets were bittersweet — She sent out on Wednesday that she had spent the past few days writing and replying back to fanmail to her fans, whom she was always appreciative of.
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
Massaro was also training for brief in-ring return these past few months. She was also 10 days away from celebrating her 40th birthday!
Gonna be bumping around the ring starting next week at @NYWCWRESTLING 🤔 😜 super pumped n ready to see what I got left in these ole boots of mine! Those guy are the best super safe and make me feel so comfortable-if u live in tri state area n want to train-THIS IS WHERE ITS AT!
— ☆ Ashley Massaro ☆ (@ashleymassaro11) March 21, 2019
The Nerdy Basement would like to extend condolences to Massaro’s daughter, Alexa, her family, her friends, her fans and the entire wrestling community on her passing.
Funeral services are scheduled to take place next Tuesday in New York.