Former WCW champion Daffney Unger, 46, has been found dead in a desperate search by friends after she posted a disturbing live video to Instagram as she appeared to be holding a gun.
The wrestler, known as the Scream Queen, was found dead Thursday morning at her home in Norcross, a small town northeast of Atlanta, from an apparent suicide, according to close friend and fellow pro wrestler Lexie Fyfe.
“She was found very early this morning,” a tearful Fyfe told the New York Daily News.
Unger had posted a livestream video to Instagram on Wednesday night, where she appeared upset — leaving fans and friends terrified.
‘Don’t you understand that I’m all alone? Don’t you understand?’ she said.
She was later heard on the footage saying, “Remember, my brain is going to Boston.”
The disturbing images sparked a desperate search for her whereabouts by friends and law enforcement.
Former WCW champion Daffney Unger, 46, was found Thursday after a desperate search for her was sparked by a disturbing live video she shared on Instagram 24 hours earlier.
Unger (left) went live on Instagram Wednesday night, revealing suicidal, disturbing friends and fans (right)
Friends said the police had trouble locating her because she had recently moved.
Retired professional wrestler Mick Foley posted a tweet asking people to help if they knew where Unger was.
“If anyone has a way to reach Daffney Unger, or knows her address, please help. She is in a bad personal situation and threatens to hurt herself. My call went straight to voicemail,” Foley tweeted.
Sean Ross Sapp, the editor-in-chief of the popular wrestling website Fightful.com, later tweeted: “Her family has been reached and has her current address. She had moved in the past few weeks. The police have been sent.’
Aubrey Causey, an investigator for the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner, did not disclose details of Unger’s death, but said it likely happened Wednesday night.
Foley wrote in a new tweet on Thursday: “I am so sorry to hear that Daffney has passed away. A terrible loss to her family, friends and wrestling. She was way ahead [of] her time in our company. #RIPDafney’.
Fyfe wrote: ‘This last act, I don’t want it to define her. She would always want people to seek help and contact those they are concerned about. We’re going to miss her.’
Sean Ross Sapp, editor-in-chief of Fightful.com tweeted about the frantic search for Unger after she appeared suicidal in an Instagram live video Wednesday night
PICTURED: Professional wrestler Jeff Jarrett, right, slams a guitar over the head of wrestler Ric Flair in May 2000. Daffney Unger can be seen in the back with her WCW Cruiserweight title
Ex-professional wrestler Mick Foley tweeted his devastation after learning of fellow wrestler Daffney Unger’s death on Thursday
Close friend and fellow pro wrestler Lexie Fyfe posted a tribute on Thursday to Unger, whose real name was Shannon Spruill
Unger, whose real name is Shannon Claire Spruill, made her World Championship Wrestling debut in 1999, when she was known as the girlfriend of David Flair, the son of famed former world wrestling champion Ric Flair.
She rose to fame after winning the WCW Cruiserweight title in May 2000 and later performed for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where she at one point played the role of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
“I loved seeing her perform. She was a born artist made for wrestling,” Fyfe said.
Unger missed wrestling “greatly,” according to Fyfe, after retiring in 2015 due to injuries.
‘She will also be missed as a performer, not only as a friend, but especially as a friend.’
“We are so sad to announce the passing of Shannon Spruill aka Daffney Unger @screamqueendaff,” Fyfe said in an Instagram post to her close friend on Thursday.
“We’re posting this at the request of her family. Please respect their privacy during this difficult time. I’ll miss you, my logical sister to another gentleman,” Fyfe said.
‘Rest in eternal peace my dear, dear, angelic friend. You were such a wonderful, funny, loving, caring person and I will never forget you. Love you always @screamqueendaff,” former pro wrestler Velvet Sky tweeted Thursday.
- If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255