WWE has confirmed the passing of Brian “Christopher” Lawler on Sunday at the age of 46. This comes hours after TMZ Sports reported that Lawler had been placed on life support after a suicide attempt in a Memphis jail cell by trying to hang himself.
It was initially reported earlier this morning that Lawler was believed to have passed away. F4WOnline reports that Lawler was actually pronounced brain dead earlier this morning and that he remained on life support according to family members at the hospital.
Lawler’s father, Jerry “The King” Lawler, was reportedly flying back to Memphis to be with his son after an appearance in Raleigh, North Carolina. A decision was made by family to pull Lawler off life support after he was pronounced brain dead.
Lawler has been in jail since July 7 following a DUI arrest, which saw him not immediately surrender to police. He was held on a $40,000 bond. He was arrested back in June as well on charges of allegedly not paying for a hotel room in Memphis.
WWE issued this statement on Sunday evening.
“WWE is saddened to learn that Brian Christopher Lawler, who is best known in WWE as Too Cool’s Grandmaster Sexay, has passed away. Lawler, who is the son of WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler, competed during the height of the Attitude Era. WWE extends its condolences to Lawler’s family, friends and fans.”
Paul “Triple H” Levesque also tweeted out his condolences.
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
On behalf of the entire Wrestleview.com staff, we would like to send out our condolences to the family of Brian Lawler during this very hard time.