Hours after being released from a rehab program on Nov. 21, the younger brother of the late former WWE star Ashley Massaro was fatally stabbed near a Midtown Manhattan Pizzeria.
“He got out of rehab and got on the train. And that was it,” Ronnie Massaro’s close friend said in a statement.
“Out of a program and on the train, and not even 12 hours later, he was gone.”
According to reports, Ronnie was struggling with alcohol addiction, prolonged sadness, and depression after losing his 39-year-old sister, Ashley, on May 16, 2019 by suicide.
First responders found the athlete unconscious at her Smithtown property after an attempt to take her own life.
They rushed her to a local hospital where she was declared dead.
Ronnie’s relative said he appeared to be “ready to live his life” after spending a considerable period of his life in the facility.
“Since his sister’s passing, I’d never noticed him have this voice.”
“Something hit him. I really believe he started to accept things and understand what life was about. He was loved by so many. He was the most humble soul I’ve ever met.”