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Federal drug agents raided the office of a doctor who prescribed testosterone to Chris Benoit.

The raid at Dr. Phil Astin's office in Carrollton began Wednesday night and concluded early Thursday, said agent Chuvalo Truesdell, a spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration. The search warrant had been obtained in connection with the Chris Benoit investigation, he said. No arrests were made.

Hours before the raid, Astin told The Associated Press he had treated Benoit for low testosterone levels, which he said likely originated from previous steroid use.

Among other things, investigators were looking for Benoit's medical records to see if he had been prescribed steroids and, if so, whether that prescription was appropriate, according to a law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity because records in the case remain sealed.

Astin did not return repeated calls to his cell phone from The Associated Press on Thursday.

Astin prescribed testosterone for Benoit, a longtime friend, in the past but would not say what, if any, medications he prescribed when Benoit visited his office Friday, the day on which he later killed his wife, Nancy Benoit.

Benoit strangled his wife and smothered son during the weekend, placing Bibles next to their bodies, before hanging himself on the cable of a weight-machine in his home, authorities said. No motive was offered for the killings, which were discovered Monday.

Anabolic steroids were found in Benoit's home, leading officials to wonder whether the drugs played a role in the slayings. Some experts believe steroids cause paranoia, depression and violent outbursts known as "roid rage."

Vince McMahon denied this on The Today Show this morning, labeling Benoit as a "monster" and not pointing to drugs as the basis for his attacks.

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In the days before pro wrestler Chris Benoit killed his wife and child and hanged himself, the couple argued over whether he should stay home more to take care of their mentally retarded 7-year-old son, an attorney for the wrestling league said Wednesday.

"I think it's fair to say that the subject of caring for that child was part of what made their relationship complicated and difficult, and it's something they were both constantly struggling with," said Jerry McDevitt, an attorney for WWE. "We do know it was a source of stress and consternation."

McDevitt said the wrestling organization learned from the couple's friends and relatives that the Chris and Nancy Benoit were struggling with where to send the boy to school because he had recently finished kindergarten.

He also said Benoit's wife didn't want him to quit wrestling, but she "wanted him to be at home more to care for the kid. She'd say she can't take care of him by herself when he was on the road."

Meanwhile, on The Today Show, Meredith Vieira confronted Vince McMahon.

She asked the WWE owner how his company could vehemently deny steroids were involved in the murders before toxicology results were revealed. But McMahon said a press release sent out earlier this week was "reacting to the hysteria of the media," telling the press to quit speculation that "roid rage" was a factor in the killings - until evidence proved otherwise.

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Here's the latest on the horrific events surrounding Chris Benoit and his family's death:

Sources with knowledge of the multi-state steroid pipeline case confirmed to Sports Illustrated on Tuesday that Benoit was a customer of MedXLife, a Florida-based, anti-aging clinic that had two of its owners plead guilty in April to illegal steroid distribution.

On Tuesday, Georgia investigators revealed that they had found large quantities of prescription drugs in the home, including steroids. Speculation soon swirled in the media about whether 'roid rage had played a part in the tragedy.

According to SI's sources, three packages sent to Benoit originated at Signature Pharmacy, the compound pharmacy that was the primary target of the February raid in Orlando. And while investigators do not have prescriptions with Benoit's name on them and cannot name the exact drugs he received, they confirm that a package was sent in his name on Feb. 13, 2006, to an address linked to him in Peachtree City, Ga.

Packages were also sent to him at a Marriott property in San Antonio in December 2005 and in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., in July 2006.

In other celebrity news related to this tragedy: Canadian female Pam Winthrope told News 1130 in Canada that Benoit's son, Daniel, had a genetic condition called Fragile X syndrome.

According to WebMD: "Fragile X Syndrome is a defect of the X chromosome which causes mild mental retardation. The disorder occurs more frequently and severely among males than females. This condition is the leading known familial cause of mental retardation in the United States.

Language delays, behavioral problems, autism or autistic-like behavior (including poor eye contact and hand-flapping), enlarged external genitalia (macroorchidism), large or prominent ears, hyperactivity, delayed motor development and/or poor sensory skills are among the wide range of symptoms associated with this disorder."

Winthrope, whose son also suffers from the condition, told the Canadian news outlet that her husband reached out to Benoit five years ago in an attempt to increase awareness about Fragile X.

"We talked to him because I was trying to set up a support group in BC and in Canada, we only have a couple of them," she said. "My husband was struggling when we got diagnosed with our son, and Chris was struggling with his. They talked for a few minutes and then he said he didn't want to be a public face for Fragile X, he just wanted to keep it really, really quiet."

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Even more ugly details regarding the death of Chris Benoit and his wife Nancy are coming to the forefront.

In divorce papers filed in 2003, Nancy Benoit included a petition for protection from domestic abuse against Chris. In the papers TMZ discovered, Nancy claimed that Benoit, "lost his temper and threatened to strike the petitioner and cause extensive damage to the home and personal belongings of the parties, including furniture."

Nancy added that she was, "in reasonable fear for petitioner's own safety and that of the minor child."

Three months later, Nancy filed to have the divorce papers and the restraining order dismissed. A short time later, a judge granted her wish. The couple's son, Daniel, was also found dead over the weekend.

As the celebrity gossip site first reported, law enforcement sources told TMZ they believe Benoit strangled his wife on Saturday, smothered his son on Sunday and then hanged himself on Monday.

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The sad story of Chris Benoit and his family is becoming clearer.

Around 4 p.m. yesterday afternoon, Atlanta police found the body of this former WWE star and his wife and son in their Fayette County home.

According to CNN, authorities were investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide. Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "The details, when they come out, are going to prove a little bizarre."

Those details may emerge after the completion of autopsies scheduled for Tuesday.

Investigators believe Benoit killed his wife and seven-year old son over the weekend and then himself sometime Monday. The bodies were found Monday afternoon in three different rooms of the house on Green Meadow Lane, in a subdivision off a gravel road about two miles from Whitewater Country Club.

The autopsies were scheduled to be done at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in DeKalb County.

Ballard said a gun shot was not the cause of death, but would not provide any further details at this time.

World Wrestling Entertainment said on its Web site that it asked authorities to check on Benoit and his family after being alerted by friends who received "several curious text messages sent by Benoit early Sunday morning."

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Tragedy struck the world of wrestling last night when Chris Benoit and his family were found dead in their Atlanta home early this afternoon.

Benoit was a WWE veteran, arguably the best pure wrestler in the company's history.

No further details regarding the tragedy have been released. But Benoit was scheduled to appear at the WWE Vengeance pay-per-view event last night, until it was announced that a "family emergency" would prevent him from being there.

In an ironic twist, tonight's Monday Night RAW was meant to be a special, three-hour investigation into the "death" of Vince McMahon. It was a story line already considered to be in very poor taste even before these sad events occurred.

Instead, the show will now a tribute episode to Chris Benoit.

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