One of the first out gay professional wrestlers has been found dead at his home in an apparent suicide.

Chris Klucsaritis, 40, was found by his brother in his New York apartment on Friday and medics pronounced him dead at the scene.

A suicide note was found in the property and police are investigating his death.

Klucsaritis wrestled professionally under the name of Chris Kanyon, having entered the business in the late 1990s.

He retired in 2004, although he occasionally returned to the sport, billing himself as an openly gay wrestler.

He also took part in several benefit matches in aid of the victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.