Tributes from ex-colleagues and friends of Sara Lee poured in all night on social media as many expressed their shock at the sudden death of the 30-year-old former Tough Enough winner.
WWE posted a note on the website as well on their social media with a graphic, writing, “WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of Sara Lee. Born and raised in Hope Township, Michigan, Lee excelled in powerlifting before eventually joining the sixth season of WWE’s Tough Enough. Lee went on to win the fan vote for Tough Enough and serve as an inspiration to many in the sports-entertainment world. WWE offers its heartfelt condolences to her family, friends and fans.”
Her death was covered by other mainstream websites as well such as FOX News, TMZ, ETOnline, The Daily Beast, MSN, Yahoo!, Deadline, and many others.
The women who knew her and worked with her led the online tributes on social media.
Saraya: “This is heartbreakingly tragic. Sending love to her family. Very sweet human who I got the pleasure to know and work with.”
Chelsea Green: “No tweet or amount of words can bring back this beautiful human, but all of my heart goes out to @TheWestinBlake & their family. Sara Lee will be missed greatly. The photo on the left is how I will always remember her – laughing, smiling, carefree.”
Amanda Huber: “My heart feels so heavy. My head is in the hotel room in Jacksonville. Typing up words I never wanted to write. Letting the world know my best friend was gone. My world was broken. My heart is with Cory & their kids. I wish I could do more.”
Sasha Banks: “Sending my condolences. Please donate and RT. RIP Sara”
Bayley: “Please keep Sara’s family, especially Cory and the kids in your prayers. If you are able to contribute, please follow the link below. We love you, Cory.”
Sonya Deville: “Absolutely heart breaking, life is too short. Sara was awesome. Sending love and prayers to her family and loved ones.”
Deonna Purrazzo: “Our hearts are absolutely shattered.”
Kayla Braxton: “This is so heartbreaking – what a beautiful person we’ve lost – and leaving behind 3 small children and a husband who always expressed how madly in love he was with her. I’m so so sorry. Just heartbreaking.”
Carmella: “This is so tragic. Praying for her family and loved ones. ”
Athena: “My heart is absolutely broken. I am lost for words and I am still in absolute shock. I love you and will miss you eternally Sara Lee.”
Dana Brooke: “My heart is so sad! Sara was such a pure soul, great woman, & even a better mother!”
Ruby Soho: “Rest Easy Sara. Please donate to this beautiful family however you can.”
Nikki A.S.H.: ” will forever cherish you and our time together Sara Lee. Rest peacefully Angel.”
Lacey Evans: “Praying for her family and her babies. I can’t even find the words. Anything helps.”
Brandi Rhodes: “I never met Sara Lee but she always seemed to have a beautiful energy. My heart goes out to her family and friends. It just doesn’t make sense sometimes.”
Asuka: “I’ll miss Sara forever.”
Jessica McKay: “Rest in peace Sara. Please donate. Keep Corey & their 3 children in your prayers tonight”
Nixon Newell: “My thoughts go out to Cory and the family!”