Words by Roman White and Jason Cordner
It was a tragic Sunday for the WWE and wrestling fans around the world, with reports that Brian Christopher Lawler passed away over the weekend. The professional wrestler, son of WWE legend Jerry Lawler, died on Sunday following an apparent suicide.
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
Christopher, who went by the ring name Grandmaster Sexay, reportedly hung himself in his jail cell outside of Memphis. The 46-year-old was hospitalized and put on life support before passing away, and had been jailed earlier this month.
According to TMZ Sports, the Lawler was arrested and placed in jail on July 7 for driving under the influence of alcohol and evading police. His bail was set at $40,000. The wrestler, who was going on his fourth week in prison, reportedly hung himself in jail.
Christopher’s passing is one of three deaths in the WWE community that happened on Sunday: Brickhouse Brown passed away on Sunday at age 57, after reportedly battling cancer, and Hall of Fame wrestler Nikolai Volkoff died at age 70 after dealing with heart problems, according to a NBC News report.
Former and active WWE Superstars sent their condolences to the Lawler family on Twitter. See below for some of the ones that stood out the most:
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) July 29, 2018
My deepest condolences go out to the family & friends of Brian Lawler, aka Brian Christopher, after his passing today. Jeff & I worked with Brian & @TheScotty2Hotty for a year straight when we started in @WWE. He was SO talented.. We learned from him. Godspeed, Grandmaster Sexay. pic.twitter.com/r5l42sK0wg
— #WOKEN Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) July 30, 2018
Today is a super sad day for me and wrestling fans everywhere. I just found out NiKolai Volkoff, Brian Lawler & Brickhouse Brown all passed away today. It literally took my breathe away. My deepest sympathies go out to all their families. God Bless you brothers. Gods Speed DDP
— Diamond Dallas Page (@RealDDP) July 29, 2018
— Justin Credible (@PJPOLACO) July 29, 2018