What You Don’t Know About Former Wrestling Star: Daffney Unger

Nathan Sutherland
Nathan Sutherland

Former professional wrestler, Daffney Unger, whose original name is Shannon Spruill, has reportedly been announced dead after she took the Internet by storm by reading what seemed to be a ‘suicide note’ during an Instagram live with a gun seen nearby. Her Instagram video has gone viral worldwide.

Fellow wrestler Lexie Fyfe confirmed the news of Unger’s death on Twitter, Thursday, September 2.

“I will miss you my logical sister from another mister, ” she wrote.

The cause of Daffney Unger’s death has not been revealed yet.

Who was Daffney Unger?

Widely known by her ring name Daffney Unger, Shannon Claire Spruill was an American wrestler and actress who started her career in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1999. She was famously known for her collaboration with David Flair and Crowbar, also becoming the second woman to hold the WCW Cruiserweight Championship.

She was raised at the Wiesbaden Army Airfield, a United States Air Force base in Wiesbaden, West Germany.

Her family decided to return to the USA to continue life in Salt Lake City. They relocated to Oxford in the United Kingdom for three years, before moving to the Ramstein Air Base in Germany until 1987.

Daffney Unger Wiki, Bio

In 1985, she had a small, uncredited part in the film Santa Claus: The Movie. In March 1998, Spruill graduated from Georgia State University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Video production.

She went on to work in Media Production, before pursuing full-time acting.

Injuries forced her to retire from in-ring wrestling in 2011.

How old was Daffney Unger?

Born on July 17, 1975, Daffney was 46 years old at the time of death.

Who was Daffney Unger Husband?

Daffney was married to guitarist Rich Ward of Stuck Mojo and Fozzy. On July 19, 2011, Spruill was arrested in Hillsborough County, Florida, for “driving under the influence with property damage”.

She later pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to one-year probation and a fine of $1,580.

Wrestler Daffney Unger Suicide News

The former WCW and TNA Wrestling star – who worked as an on-screen manager and in-ring competitor herself – has passed away after making concerning statements during an Instagram Live this week.

“We are very sad to have to announce the passing of Shannon Spruill aka Daffney Unger @screamqueendaff. We are posting this at the request of her family. Please respect their privacy at this trying time, ” a statement read.

Daffney Unger Last Video

Unger was seen on an Instagram live late Wednesday, September 1, reading an alleged suicide note.

Fans, family, and well-wishers grew concerned about Unger’s wellbeing following the shocking Instagram Live video.

“Do you guys not understand that I’m all alone?”

Her cause of death is yet to be confirmed.

In the live stream on Wednesday, Unger was a small gun, and she was seen crying.

Unger said in the video as she began to cry. She then continued to ask if anyone understands, before begging “just please stop” as she became more hysterical. “Remember, my brain goes to Boston,” she added.

What We Know So Far

On Wednesday, September 1 night, Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful updated information about Daffney’s well-being and tweeted, “For those concerned about Daffney, emergency services have been contacted and sent to her most recent known address.” In a second tweet, Sapp wrote, “Her family have been reached, and have her current address.”

She’d moved in the past couple of weeks. Police have been dispatched.” WWE legend Mick Foley said on Twitter around the same time, that he tried to contact Unger but “my phone call went straight to voicemail”.

He also added, “If anyone has a way of reaching Daffney Unger or knows her address, please help out.

She’s in a bad personal place and is threatening to harm herself.”

Daffney Unger Instagram

She also discussed potentially suffering from symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is a degenerative brain disorder caused by repeated concussions. She said: “The most important thing to remember is, that, CTE, and head injuries and concussions, they can only really now be… They can now really only be diagnosed after you are dead. “So, I don’t want to do anything to hurt my brain. I want to be studied.”

“I want the future generations to know. Don’t do stupid s*** like me.”

She added: “Remember, my brain goes to Boston.”

Daffney Unger Obituary

Thousands of fans paid tribute to the wrestling star on her tragic death. One person tweeted, “I’ve always felt that people with the biggest hearts are often the ones that feel the most pain. Finding out about Daffney seems to prove that. My sympathy goes out to everyone especially her family. Her work and beautiful soul will always be in our hearts. #RIPDaffney” One tweet read, “So incredibly sad to hear the news about Daffney/Shannon.”

If you are feeling this way, please reach out to others. You’re never alone. #RIPDaffney”

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