Sara Lee, 2015 World Wrestling Entertainment winner reality competition series “Tough Enough” has passed away, according to a statement shared by her mother on social media. She was 30.
“It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that our Sarah Weston is with Jesus,” her mother, Teri Lee, wrote in a statement. “We are all in shock and the arrangements are not complete. We ask that you respectfully allow our family to grieve.”
Sara Lee was married to former WWE wrestler Westin Blake. They are parents of three children.
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“I think my fans can relate to me a little bit because I’m a normal girl,” she told the Midland Daily News newspaper in Midland, Michigan, after being voted the female “Tough Enough” winner by fans. “I’ve just been myself.”
According to the paper, Lee, from the small town of Hope, Michigan, graduated in 2010 from Meridian High School in Sanford, Michigan, where she was on the track team. She was also a competitive powerlifter.
Lee won a US$250,000 contract from the WWE, but was released in 2016.
“No tweet or amount of words can bring this beautiful human being back, but my heart goes out to @TheWestinBlake and their family. Sara Lee will be greatly missed,” tweeted wrestler Chelsea Green. “The photo on the left is how I’ll always remember her — smiling, smiling, carefree.”
“You were so good in so many ways. You loved your family and friends so much. You were so giving, warm and selfless,” WWE wrestler Nikki ASH tweeted. You made me giggle. It didn’t matter how long we didn’t see each other, we would always pick up where we left off. I love you Sarah.”
“Sara Lee was one of the sweetest people I’ve met and her smile lit up a room. My love and hope for strength goes to Cory and their three beautiful children,” Shawn Bennett, a WWE referee tweeted.