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The wrestling world reacts to the death of Daffney Unger

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There was tragic news earlier today on the death of former WCW and TNA wrestler Shannon ‘Daffney’ Spruill at the age of 46 years old. The sad news followed a disturbing broadcast on Instagram Live last night where she threatened to harm herself.

WWE issued the following statement on Daffney’s death:

“WWE is saddened to learn that former WCW star Shannon Spruill, known to sports-entertainment fans as Daffney, passed away at the age of 46.

Spruill gained worldwide recognition when she first arrived in WCW in November 1999 as Daffney, aligning herself with David Flair and Crowbar. Shortly after making a name for herself, Daffney made history in May of 2000 when she became only the second woman to hold the WCW Cruiserweight Championship. With her signature scream and ever-changing style, Daffney would go onto become a mainstay of the independent scene for more than two decades.

WWE extends its condolences to Spruill’s family, friends and fans.”

Many wrestlers have reacted to Daffney’s death on social media by expressing their grief and talking about the importance of mental health. Several wrestlers tell personal stories about how much they enjoyed their time working with Daffney in WCW, TNA, and elsewhere. Others use words of high praise to describe Daffney, including inspirational, influential, special, and ahead of her time. One common theme they all share is admiration of Daffney’s overwhelming kindness.

Here is a sampling of those reactions from around the wrestling world:

If you or anyone you know is in need of support, we hope you find these links helpful:

State-by-state suicide hotlines in the U.S.
International suicide hotlines
National Alliance on Mental Health resource page