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WWE Tough Enough Season 6 Winner Sara Lee's Cause of Death Revealed
The WWE Universe continues to mourn the loss of a promising young Superstar.
Since October of last year, the WWE Universe has been mourning the death of Sara Lee, the winner of the sixth and final season of WWE Tough Enough. Today, more details have emerged about the circumstances of her death.
How did Sara Lee die?
According to information uncovered by TMZ, Sara Lee's cause of death has been ruled a suicide by the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office. In addition, authorities say Lee left "letters of intent at the scene."
These new details strike a somber tone – although WWE Superstars may seem larger-than-life and, at times, superhuman, the athletes who entertain millions of fans worldwide are real people. So far, in 2023, the United States averages approximately 132 suicide deaths per day, according to 2021 data from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Like countless other Americans, Sara Lee fought her own personal battles away from the bright lights of WWE.
In the eyes of fans and critics alike, Sara Lee was the no-brainer choice to win the final season of Tough Enough. Although she found more success on the independent scene after her initial one-year contract with WWE ended, Sara nevertheless showed she had the tools necessary to build a solid career in the ring:
Competing under the ring name "Hope," Lee showed flashes of brilliance early in her career as she deftly stood toe-to-toe with established Superstar Alicia Fox during her season of WWE Tough Enough. Season Six judge Chris Jericho took an interest in her early in the season, pegging her as a likely finalist due to her natural charisma and athleticism.
Sara Lee Left an Impact On the WWE Universe
Her death in October sent shockwaves through the WWE Universe, with her fellow WWE Superstars offering up heartfelt messages across social media. However, while many WWE Superstars offered condolences, Nikki Cross's sentiment stood out to USA Insider.
"You were so good in so many ways," Nikki 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."
As covered previously on USA Insider, Sara Lee was 30 years old at the time of her death. She left behind her husband, former WWE Superstar Wesley Blake, whom she married in 2017, and their three children. A GoFundMe set up last year has raised over $105,000 for her family, well over the goal of $20,000 – over 1,200 members of the WWE Universe have selflessly donated to the fundraiser.
If you or someone you know is thinking about self-harm or experiencing suicidal thoughts, call or text 988 to contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.