Tennessee authorities say former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star Brian Christopher Lawler has died after attempting suicide in his jail cell.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the 46-year-old son of WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Jerry (The King) Lawler was found hanging in his cell on Saturday.
The agency says officers performed CPR and Lawler was taken to a hospital in Memphis, where he died Sunday. Authorities are investigating.
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Lawler was placed in the Hardeman County Jail on July 7. The agency says he was booked on charges of driving under the influence, driving on a revoked license and evading arrest.
In a statement, WWE said Lawler, “who is best known in WWE as Too Cool’s Grandmaster Sexay,” competed during the height of the “attitude era.”
“WWE is saddened to learn that Brian Christopher Lawler, who is best known in WWE as Too Cool’s Grandmaster Sexay, has passed away,” WWE’s statement read. “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.”
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Other WWE stars and fans expressed their condolences on social media once news of Lawler’s passing spread.
If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate help.
The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, Depression Hurts and Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 all offer ways of getting help if you, or someone you know, may be suffering from mental health issues.
—With files from the Associated Press