Sara Lee death: WWE wrestler dies at 30 – what happened to Tough Enough star, did she have a sinus infection?
Days before her death, the former WWE wrestler posted on Instagram about her “first sinus infection.”
Former WWE wrestler Sara Lee has died at the age of 30, her family confirmed in a statement.
Her fellow wrestlers have paid tribute to her online, with many expressing their “shock” and sadness at her death.
Who Was Sara Lee?
Lee was an American television personality and professional wrestler, best known for her stint with WWE between 2015 and 2016. She was the winner of WWE competition show Tough Enough in 2015. On the show, contestants trained to become professional wrestlers with a male and female contestant crowning the winners and earning a WWE contract.
Lee competed in Tough Enough’s sixth season and won the season alongside Joshua Bredl, wrestling under the stage name Bronson Matthews.
Born on June 7, 1992, Lee grew up in Hope Township, Michigan, where she spent most of her time doing powerlifting. After graduating from Meridian High School in 2010, she enrolled at Delta College and graduated in medical ultrasound.
Speaking to Edward Pevos on the WWE podcast “Tough Enough”, Lee said, “If the WWE thing doesn’t work out, I’m going to be an ultrasound technician.”
After winning Tough Enough in 2015, Lee made his ring debut on January 30, 2016 in a six-way Diva tag team match. She was released from her WWE contract on September 30, 2016.
Lee lived in Florida and married former WWE wrestler Cory Weston, whose wrestling name is Wesley Blake. The two married on December 30, 2017 after welcoming their daughter into the world on May 1, 2017.
The couple had two other children together: the first child, born on February 27, 2019, and the second child, born in 2021.
When did she die?
Lee died on Thursday October 6th at the age of 30. Lee’s mother, Terri, announced her death in a statement posted to Facebook.
She wrote: “It is with a heavy heart that we wanted to announce that our Sarah Weston has gone to Jesus. We are all in shock and the precautions are not yet complete. We respectfully ask you to let our family mourn. We all need prayers, especially Cory and her kids.”
Following news of his death, wrestler bull James started a GoFundMe campaign to help Lee’s family with funeral expenses.
In the caption, James wrote: “We are all shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Tough Enough winner Sara Lee. As her loving husband Cory picks up the pieces and continues to raise their 3 children, the last of them is even capable of wanting to worry about money, a funeral and all that goes with it.
“The wrestling community has always been one that comes together after tragedy and this is no different. Every penny raised goes straight to Cory and the boys. Thanks in advance. RIP Sara, you were one of the good guys.
James initially set the goal at $20,000, but the page brought in over $60,000 in the 14 hours it was published.
Lee’s cause of death was not released. Days before her death, Lee posted a selfie to Instagram marking her return to the gym after battling her “first chest infection.”
He wrote in the caption: “Let’s finally celebrate being healthy enough to hit the gym 2 days in a row! First sinus infection hit my bus #Saraselfie #guadagni ”
Tribute to Sara Lee
Fans, friends, family and other wrestlers took to social media to share their tribute to Lee after news of his death spread online. WWE’s official Twitter account wrote: “WWE is saddened by the passing of Sara Lee. A former Tough Enough champion, Lee has been an inspiration to many in the world of sports and entertainment. WWE extends its deepest condolences to the family. friends and fans.”
Wrestling star Saraya, formerly Paige, also tweeted, “This is terribly tragic. Send love to his family. A very sweet person who I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with. RIP Sara Lee.