The night before police found Unger’s body near a gun in her Georgia home on Thursday, the 46-year-old recorded a distressing Instagram Live video in which she talked about feeling “alone” and wanting her brain studied for chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
CTE, which can only be diagnosed after death, is a degenerative neurological disease that stems from repeated injuries to the brain.
Symptoms include memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression and suicidality, according to the Boston University CTE Center.
In recent years, Unger spoke out about mental health awareness and urged others in need to get help.
Known for her goth-style in the ring and nickname, “Scream Queen,” Unger performed in World Championship Wrestling and Total Nonstop Action in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or are experiencing a mental health crisis, call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.