Ashley Massaro, a former World Wrestling Entertainment star, died Thursday. She was 39.
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Former WWE women's star Ashley Massaro dead at 39

Former World Wrestling Entertainment star Ashley Massaro died Thursday morning in New York, the wrestling organization announced. She was 39.

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"We are saddened to learn of the tragic death of former WWE Superstar Ashley Massaro," WWE said in a statement. "She performed in WWE from 2005-2008 and was beloved by her fellow Superstars and fans around the world. WWE offers its condolences to Ashley’s family and friends."

According to TMZ Sports, Massaro was taken to a hospital from her home in Suffolk County, New York, and died early Thursday. The cause of death has been called “non-criminal,” according to the website.

Massaro joined WWE in 2005, entering the Raw Diva Search, which she won, according to Bleacher Report. She remained with the company through 2008.

“This is an incredible loss,” wrestler Brandi Rhodes tweeted.

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“This is just awful news -- Ashley Massaro is gone,” longtime wrestler Mick Foley tweeted. “She was only 39. She lived in the same town as me.”

"I have no words. Ashley was my tag partner at WrestleMania. My sometimes road wife. … I'm heartbroken for her family," Maria Kanellis Bennett tweeted.

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