On October 5, 2022, ex-WWE wrestler and Tough Enough champion, Sara Lee died at the age of 30. Teri Lee, the mother of Sara Lee, delivered the terrible news after taking it to social media with a heavy heart. “It’s with heavy hearts that we inform you that Sara Weston has joined Jesus again. We’re in shock and don’t want anybody to disturb our family during this time.” Teri added in her statement.
Cause of Sara Lee’s Death
The death news was confirmed on Oct.6, however, the cause of Sara Lee’s death has been not officially revealed so far.
“We need your prayers, especially Cory and their children,” Teri further added in the statement.
Sara Lee married Cory James Weston a.k.a Wesley Blake, the former WWE wrestler, and together they have three children- Piper, 5, Brady, 3, and Case Oliver, 1.
Sara Lee came into the limelight on the sixth and final season of “Tough Enough,” a reality TV show, where both men and women wrestlers surrender themselves in a one-year contract, where they compete for prize money of $250,000. Fortunately, Sara Lee managed to win the title, earning her once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to wrestle for the network for an entire year. She was released from the contract in September 2016 and ever since the wrestler wrestled on the independent circuit. Although Sara Lee career in WWE was short-lived, she has carved her name in its history which cannot be erased or replaced.
“I think my fans can relate to me as I’m a normal girl,” said Sara Lee. “I’ve just been myself,” she added. It appears that after winning Tough Enough, Sara Lee was overjoyed and thankful for her supporters’ support.
Sara Lee, who was born a commoner in Michigan, graduated from Meridian high school in 2010. Before that, she had been on the track team and also participated in powerlifting competitions.
In her Tough Enough audition, Sara Lee confronted WWE with unmatched confidence where she literally called out to other strong women out there.
“WWE, I’ve got one thing that all these are missing, and that is strength,” she said sanguinely.
After winning the show, Sara Lee once again proved her bravery when she smashed the critics’ opinions of her. “You just go and put it aside. It fueled me more to come here and put on a show, only to prove them all wrong.”
By the time the contract ended between Sara Lee and WWE, she went to spend a few months in NXT participating in live events. Woefully, the cheerful lady left her three beautiful children motherless as well as her husband, a widow, who was a former NXT Tag Team Champion along with Buddy Murphy.
Following the demise, wrestler Chelsea Green tweeted, “No words can bring back this beautiful human, but my heart goes to Wesley Blake and their family.”
“I will always remember her- smiling, laughing, carefree,” Chelsea added.
WWE wrestler Nikki A.S.H separately tweeted, “You were good in many ways. You loved your family and friends. You were equally warm, selfless, and giving. Regardless of how long we went without seeing each other, we often pick up where we left off. You make me giggle. I love you, Sara Lee.”
Shawn Bennett, WWE referee and friend of the family, joined the mourners. He wrote, “Sara Lee was one of the sweetest people I met whose smile lit up a room. My love goes to Cory and their three children.”
As soon as the news broke, the wrestling community was extremely quick to mobilize. In fact, Bull James, a fellow wrestler, organized a GoFundMe to help support Cory and his motherless children.
Subsequently, James stated in a post, “Every penny raised thus will straight go to Cory and kids.”
“As a wrestling community, we are always quick to offer one another support when needed,” James added. “Sara Lee and her family are in our thoughts at this time.”
Within 24 hours, the campaign managed to raise over $50,000. Ostensibly, WWE stars like CM Punk, Becky Lynch, and Natalya Neidhart donated a large sum to the organization.
WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of Sara Lee. As a former “Tough Enough” winner, Lee served as an inspiration to many in the sports-entertainment world. WWE offers its heartfelt condolences to her family, friends and fans. pic.twitter.com/jtjjnG52n7
— WWE (@WWE) October 7, 2022
A day before Sara Lee’s death, she took to Instagram to celebrate being healthy enough to return to the gym after a long battle with sinusitis. In her post, she shared I’m celebrating finally being healthy enough to go to the gym twice in a row. The foremost sinuses infection of my life literally wrecked me.