Daffney Unger, a former World Champion Wrestler (WCW), is dead at the age of 46. The news follows an Instagram Live video in which she seemed to suggest she was considering suicide. Shimmer Wrestling announced Thursday that Daffney, whose real name was Shannon Spurill, passed away after authorities spent all Wednesday night trying to locate her.
In the unsettling video posted on her Instagram account, Daffney left wrestling fans worried about her mental health. She appeared to be in a state of emotional distress while holding a small pistol. Daffney’s family is trying to get the remaining online videos of the incident taken down out of respect for her death.
“For those concerned about Daffney, emergency services have been contacted and sent to her most recent known address,” Fightful’s Managing Editor Sean Ross tweeted late last night. “I’ve been told emergency services have been dispatched to a couple of known addresses, and are still making efforts to contact her.”
Later this afternoon, authorities from the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s Office in Lawrenceville, Ga., confirmed Daffney’s death but did not reveal the cause as suicide. Daffney Unger’s friend, fellow WCW wrestler Lexie Fyfe, told TMZ Sports that Daffney had been dealing with difficult mental health issues in recent weeks, and urged anyone struggling to please reach out.
“I will miss you my logical sister from another mister,” she said, adding that the reason the police had difficulty finding her was because she had moved into a new apartment only four days ago.
Deeply saddened by the news, the wrestling world offered its condolences to their family and warm remembrances of the former Cruiserweight Champion. “I’m so very sorry to learn of Daffney’s passing,” wrote legendary wrestler Mick Foley. “A terrible loss for her family, friends, and wrestling. She was far ahead of her time in our business. #RIPDaffney.”
Mick was also very active in trying to reach Daffney last night, saying she was in a bad personal place and that all of his attempted calls went straight to voicemail. All Elite Wrestling star Dustin Rhodes wrote that it was “heartbreaking news.”
“This is so, so sad,” said WWE’s Indi Hardwell. “You are never alone. You are loved.”
Born at the Wiesbaden Army Airfield in West Germany as a self-described “military brat,” Daffney relocated back to America with her family in the late ’70s, later joining World Championship Wrestling as an actor in 1999.
One of Daffney’s gimmicks as the mentally deranged girlfriend of wrestler David Flair included a piercing ring-side scream, with her character said to be based on the “Harley Quinn” from Batman and “Mallory Knox,” the character played by Juliette Lewis in the 1994 film Natural Born Killers.
Daffney wrestled for a decade until her retirement in 2011 when she won a lawsuit claiming that she had suffered injuries as a result of an unsafe working environment. Her last appearance on television was in 2018 when she briefly congratulated wrestler Sumie Sakai for defeating Kelly Klein at the Women of Honor Championship tournament.
In July, Daffney “the Scream Queen” had just been added to the roster for the latest The Wresting Code video game, which is set to be released on Xbox and PlayStation.
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide, please reach out and call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.