Chris Benoit Update: Steroid Allegations, Son Diagnosis

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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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