Brian Christopher Lawler, a former pro wrestler and the son of WWE icon Jerry “The King” Lawler, died Sunday after attempting suicide in his prison cell. He was 46.
Lawler’s mother reported that the younger Lawler passed away after being placed on life support Saturday evening. CPR was performed by officers on the former wrestler, and he was taken to a Memphis, Tennessee, hospital. Kay Lawler told the outlet that Jerry Lawler and other family members were at her son’s side when he died.
In a statement Sunday, WWE said it was “saddened” to learn of Brian Christopher’s death and extended its condolences to his “family, friends and fans.” The younger Lawler was facing charges in connection with an incident earlier this month in which he was arrested and accused of driving under the influence after leading police on a brief chase.