Former WWE star dead after apparent suicide attempt in jail cell

Ksenia Novikova
Aug 01, 2018
04:28 P.M.

Brian Cristopher Lawler, a former World Wrestling Entertainment star, was found dead in his cell after committing suicide by hanging.


The body of the 46-year-old was discovered on Saturday morning, July 28, 2018, by correctional officers who quickly administered CPR until paramedics arrived.

Brian was transported to Regional One Medical Center in Memphis, but there was nothing that they could have done and the news of his passing was announced by his brother, Kevin Lawler, through Facebook

Kevin addressed the issue saying that there were quite a lot of stories and rumors surrounding his brother's death but authorities have launched an investigation and, so far, they don't have any suspicions of foul play.


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Brian had been in Hardeman County Jail since July 7 after he was arrested on charges of DUI, driving on a revoked license and evading arrest, as explained by the Tennesse Bureau of Investigation.


Brian was the son of WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Jerry 'The King' Lawler, who became a commentator for the company after retiring, having worked alongside Jim 'J.R.' Ross and John 'Bradshaw' Layfield.

World Wrestling Entertainment was quick to come forward with a tribute to the late 46-year-old, who was also known in the wrestling industry as 'Too Cool's Grandmaster Sexay.'

Brian's suicide was only one amongst many other when it comes to wrestlers, with Chris Benoit being one of the most famous due to the gruesome details involving his death.


In 2007, Benoit murdered his wife Nancy and son Daniel in their beds by asphyxiating them and placed Bibles next to their bodies, after which he hung himself.


On Sunday, Vince McMahon's empire also honored the memory of Hall of Famer Nikolai Volff, who passed away at the age of 70. He was regarded as one of the greatest villains in sports-entertainment, especially due to his Cold War-era Soviet character in the 80s.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org.

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