Sara Lee, the former WWE wrestler and winner of the reality TV series “Tough Enough,” has died at the age of 30, her mother said in a Facebook post Thursday. The cause of her death has not been disclosed.
“It is with a heavy heart that we wanted to share that Sara Weston has gone to be with Jesus,” said Lee’s mother, Terri. “We are all in shock and arrangements are not complete. We ask that you respectfully allow our family to grieve. We all need prayers, especially Corrie and her children.”
Lee won WWE’s reality television series “Tough Enough” in 2015. She received a one-year, $250,000 contract with WWE after the show and was assigned to NXT, the wrestling promotion’s developmental brand. She later retired from wrestling and married wrestler Westin Blake – whose real name is Cory James Weston – in 2017. They had three children together.
World Wrestling Entertainment also released a statement, saying it was “saddened” to learn of Lee’s death.
“As a former ‘Tough Enough’ winner, Lee has served as an inspiration to many in the sports-entertainment world,” WWE said. “WWE extends its deepest condolences to her family, friends and fans.”
In her latest Instagram post on Wednesday, she wrote about battling a sinus infection for the first time.
Fellow wrestlers expressed their condolences on social media.
“Absolutely heartbreaking, life is too short. Sara was amazing sending love and prayers to her family and loved ones,” WWE star Sonya Deville. he tweeted.
Wrestler Chelsea Green shared photos of herself and Lee and said she will miss him dearly.