Report: Dead WWE star Ashley Massaro wanted her brain donated for CTE research

Ashley Massaro, the ex-WWE star and “Survivor” contestant who died last week at 39, wanted her brain donated for research of degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, CNN reports.

WWE confirmed her death last week. Officials have not yet released a cause of death.

Massaro was one of 60 former professional wrestlers who sued WWE in 2016, accusing the organization of failing to properly protect wrestlers from head trauma, leaving them at risk for brain damage.

Lawyer: Up to Massaro’s family

Massaro’s attorney told CNN that she wanted her brain to be studied, believing that repeated blows to her head in the wrestling ring led to brain damage, and that it was up to her family’s wishes if her brain is donated.

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Ashley Massaro during Ashley Massaro Autographs the April Issue of "Playboy" at the Virgin Megastore in Times Square at Virgin Megastore Times Square in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by George Napolitano/FilmMagic)
Ashley Massaro during The CW Winter TCA All Star Party- Arrivals at Ritz Carlton in Pasadena, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
PARSIPPANY, NJ - OCTOBER 24: Ashley Massaro attends day 2 of Chiller Theatre Expo on October 24, 2015 in Parsippany NJ, United States. (Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Images)
TODAY ONLY I will be signing at @chillertheatre in Parsippany NJ- I start at 10am get there early you don’t want to miss out! See you punx there! PS training is going great guys! Can’t wait to show you next week a clip of me training at @nywcwrestling #bosslady #ladyboss #everydayimhustling #wontstopcantstop #thefutureisbright #womenswrestling
My biffle @rochelleloewen.fit and I ending our trip to Wrestlecon and Skyroom Activities! Had THE best time ever and a lot of it was due to meeting one of the most positive spirits Ive ever met in my life-very grateful and blessed to know her! Next show up is Chiller Theatre I just don’t have a table there yet-if you do have a table you wouldn’t mind sharing hit me on the dm! See you punks soon! If not In Pennsylvania then on to @starrcastevents in Las Vegas in May!
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Happy 80k followers!!! Yay! Now onto 100k we go! Tag your friends to follow!! #beachday #boat #ocean #funtimes
Backstage outtake getting ready this morning for my newest photoshoot today! Yes I totally made a mess in the bathroom lol-my stuff always explodes haha-We already got some great stuff so I can’t wait to show you once they’re published! #photoshoot #model #lingerie #outtake #behindthescenes
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“It was her desire to donate her brain to be studied," Konstantine Kyros told CNN.

CTE, an affliction shown to affect football players and other athletes who suffer concussions and repeated head trauma, can only be detected through a post-mortem brain examination.

U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant dismissed the lawsuit against WWE in 2018 stating that many of the claims were frivolous or that the statute of limitations had expired.

Kyros represented wrestlers in that case and told CNN that Massaro intended to file an appeal before her death.

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