The wrestling world is still in shock following the death of Shannon Spruill, who fans better know as Daffney the Scream Queen from her WCW and TNA days. Spruill, who posted a heartbreaking live video reading a suicide note, took her life and was found yesterday during the day. Police and EMTs were sent to one of her known addresses after fans raised the alarm on Twitter but she had moved from that place and they were unable to locate her in time.
Many of her former co-workers used social media to express their sadness and to encourage everyone to reach out for help if they’re feeling suicidal.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Shannon ‘Daffney’ Spruill. We offer our sincere condolences to her friends and family,” read a short statement from Impact Wrestling where she wrestled years ago. All Elite Wrestling added, “AEW joins the wrestling world in mourning the passing of Shannon Spruill. Our thoughts are with her family, her friends and her fans.” WWE also wrote a short statement on Twitter reading, “WWE is saddened to learn that Shannon “Daffney” Spruill passed away at the age of 46. WWE extends its condolences to Spruill’s family, friends and fans” while adding a short story on WWE.COM.
Shane Helms, who worked with Daffney while in WCW, wrote that there were many teary phone calls yesterday morning. “I was Daff’s first friend in WCW. I taught her how to lock up. We stayed friends throughout our careers. I’m gonna miss her a lot. This sucks so much. I wish I had better words,” he wrote, then later uploading a video of Daffney hitting a hurricanrana from the top rope on him.
Crowbar, who Daffney managed while in WCW, wrote that one of the most enjoyable and fun times of his career was working with Shannon by his side, making an emphasis on the fun. “Neither of us could believe the blessing that we were given – the opportunity to perform on the grand stage of WCW. Each and every moment was appreciated by us,” he wrote. “And we tried to make every moment *FUN* She truly lit up a room and brought smiles to everyone around her. These memories have and always will be cherished and hold a special place in my heart. Rest In Peace, God bless and love you my friend.”
Mick Foley, who tried to reach her by phone when fans pointed out what was happening and urged fans to locate her, wrote, “I’m so very sorry to learn of Daffney’s passing. A terrible loss for her family, friends and wrestling. She was far ahead if her time in our business.”
Velvet Sky worked with Daffney while in TNA Wrestling and described her as an amazing, funny, loving, and caring person. “Rest in eternal peace my sweet, sweet, Angel friend. I’ll never ever forget you. I love you always,” Sky said.
Brian Heffron, better known as The Blue Meanie, wrote, “I wish I didn’t have to say this. Rest In Peace Daffney. You were a sweet soul. You are loved. You are missed. This is a rough one. My heart aches for her family.”
Abyss, who also shared time with Daffney in TNA, added, “Heart broken and speechless. Rest In Peace Shannon.”
Tributes continued throughout the day from current and former wrestling stars who shared the ring and friendship with Daffney.