Former WWE star Ashley Massaro had died at the age of 39.
The WWE confirmed the news, offering its condolences.
We are saddened to learn of the tragic death of former WWE Superstar Ashley Massaro. WWE offers its condolences to Ashley’s family and friends. https://t.co/PqHSRbOGso— WWE (@WWE) May 17, 2019
The circumstances surrounding her death are not yet known.
According to TMZ, Massaro was taken from her home in Suffolk County, New York to a nearby hospital on Thursday morning, where she died.
The death is reportedly under investigation.
Massaro won the "WWE Diva Search" in 2005, eventually becoming a valet for Tag Team Champions Paul London and Brian Kendrick.
She competed at Wrestlemania a number of times - most notably against Melina for the Women's Championship in 2007.
She also competed in "Survivor: China" in 2007, voted off the island after six days.
Massaro appeared in the April 2007 edition of Playboy Magazine, before leaving WWE in 2008.
'Always so nice'
WWE legend Mick Foley was among the many wrestlers and fans to pay tribute to Massaro on social media:
This is just awful news - Ashley Massaro is gone. She was only 39. She lived in the same town as me...I loved seeing her around. She was always so nice...and now she’s gone. #RIPAshleyMassaro pic.twitter.com/wOUY4gsTQo— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) May 17, 2019
My thoughts and prayers go out to Ashley Massaro and her family. https://t.co/VybB7WTceO— Nattie (@NatbyNature) May 17, 2019
RIP Ashley Massaro— Zack Ryder (@ZackRyder) May 17, 2019
Stunned to hear of the untimely passing of #AshleyMassaro— Kelly Klein (@RealKellyKlein) May 17, 2019
The first time I met her, she went out of her way to say hello, and always had kind and encouraging words since.
We recently discussed working together. My heart breaks for her daughter. Rest in Love and Power, Ashley. pic.twitter.com/Pq4tk5Ywe6
Her last tweet was about answering fanmail. Think that’s very telling of the person Ashley Massaro was. https://t.co/vBU8zHzRLm— Scott Fishman (@smFISHMAN) May 16, 2019
Damn. R.I.P. Ashley Massaro. I always loved that her theme music was sung Chris Cornell. Now they're both gone. 😭 pic.twitter.com/1zcVM6PuKa— ChanMan (@ChandranTheMan) May 16, 2019
Rest in piece Ashley Massaro. One of the first WWE Divas I remember from my Childhood.— Sam (@sambros2410) May 17, 2019
Sad day in the pro wrestling world. RIP Ashley Massaro.— Eli Shelton (@EliSheltonPro) May 17, 2019
This is so sad, only 39. RIP Ashley Massaro. https://t.co/nplsBUFGMA— Bouganhaagen Daz (@BobbyFJtown) May 17, 2019
Today has been a super weird day. 39 is way too young. Ashley Massaro was one of the first women with pyro. RIP. pic.twitter.com/3Q9fVvS1GP— AARON. (@TheAaronEra) May 17, 2019
We are sad to learn that former WWE Diva Ashley Massaro has passed away at the age of 39, per a report from The Blast. Cause of death is currently under investigation.— Daily DDT (@FanSidedDDT) May 17, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with Massaro's friends and family at this time. R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/1wGjBIgsAS