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WWE Universe Mourns Death Of 'Tough Enough' Winner Sara Lee
Sara Lee won the sixth and final season of WWE's reality competition series "Tough Enough" in 2015.
Sara Lee, the winner of the sixth and final season of WWE’s Tough Enough, has died at age 30, according to her family.
“It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that our Sara Weston has gone to be with Jesus,” her mother, Terri Lee, wrote in an emotional Facebook post. “We are all in shock and arrangements are not complete. We ask that you respectfully let our family mourn.”
Lee was the wife of former WWE wrestler Cory James Weston, who wrestled under the name Wesley Blake. The couple got married in 2017 and have three children together.
No cause of death has been released. Lee posted on Instagram as recently as two days ago, saying, "Celebrating finally being healthy enough to go to the gym 2 days in a row 👏🥳 first ever sinus infection kicked my butt #Saraselfie #gains,"
Lee competed on and won WWE’s reality TV competition show, Tough Enough, back in 2015, earning a $250,000, one year contract with NXT.
“I think my fans can kind of relate to me because I’m a normal girl,” she told the Midland Daily News in Michigan at the time, according to CNN. "I've just been myself."
According to the paper, she was born in the town of Hope, Michigan. She adopted "Hope" as her ring name before reverting back to her real name. She debuted in NXT in January of 2016 before her eventual WWE release the following September.
WWE tweeted about Lee’s passing, citing her inspirational nature and offering condolences to her family.
A host of WWE stars also expressed their shock and sadness on social media.
"You were so good in so many ways," Nicki A.S.H. tweeted. "You loved your family and friends so much. you were so giving, warm and selfless. You made me giggle. No matter how long we went without seeing each other, we would always pick up right where we left. I love you Sara."
“We love you Sara,” Alexa Bliss wrote alongside a picture with Lee at Bliss' wedding in April. “So heartbreaking. Please keep Cory & their family in your thoughts and prayers.”
Fellow ex-WWE superstar and good friend of Lee, Bull James, formerly known as Bull Dempsey, started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for funeral arrangements and child care.