Ex-WWE Star Brian Christopher Lawler Commits Suicide In Jail At 46; Tributes Pour In
Former WWE wrestler Brian Christopher Lawler died Sunday at age 46 after being found hanging in his jail cell in Memphis.
According to TMZ, Lawler committed suicide. Lawler, whom WWE said was known as “Too Cool’s Grandmaster Sexay,” had been reportedly booked for driving under the influence and avoiding arrest. Lawler had been placed on life support after his suicide attempt, per TMZ.
Another American wrestler, the Croatian-born Josip Peruzovic, also died at age 70 on Sunday. Peruzovic was best known under his ring name Nikolai Volkoff.
Lawler started his pro wrestling career in the late 1980s as a member of the U.S. Wrestling Association. He then joined WWE (formerly WWF) in 1997. His last appearance at a WWE event was in February 2014. His father, 68-year-old Jerry “The King” Lawler, is also a famous former wrestler.
Here are tributes to Lawler and Peruzovic from around the wrestling community:
Incredibly sad news about the passing of Brian Christopher. A tragic loss of life. Both @StephMcMahon and I are thinking of Jerry Lawler and the entire Lawler family this evening. https://t.co/Siqrx5Vt1c
— Triple H (@TripleH) July 29, 2018
— MCW Pro Wrestling (@MCWWrestling) July 29, 2018
Sorry to hear about the passing of #BrianChristopher. From USWA to #WWE and Too Cool, he oozed charisma and wasn’t afraid to put himself out there to entertain an audience. And he had some of the best facial expressions in wrestling. #RIPBrianLawler pic.twitter.com/z9ru1YCQHP
— Scott Fishman (@smFISHMAN) July 29, 2018
— Nathan Cruz (@Nathan_Cruz90) July 29, 2018
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) July 29, 2018
— WWE (@WWE) July 30, 2018
Other wrestlers who have died this year include Johnny Valiant, Leon “Vader” White and Bruno Sammartino.