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Former WWE star Brian Christopher Lawler dies at age 46

Posted at 9:47 PM, Jul 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-30 09:33:22-04

Former WWE wrestler Brian Christopher Lawler, son of WWE Hall of Famer Jerry "The King" Lawler, has died at age 46, WWE confirmed Sunday.

According to WMC Action News 5 in Memphis, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed Lawler was found hanging in his cell at a Tennessee jail. WMC reported Lawler was administered CPR, and he was taken to a nearby hospital where he died Sunday afternoon.

Per WMC, Lawler was jailed earlier in July on suspicion of DUI, evading arrest and driving with a suspended license. He was arrested for allegedly not paying a hotel bill in Memphis last month, and he was arrested several times in recent years for disorderly conduct and assault.

A Memphis native, Lawler was part of the successful WWE tag team "Too Cool" in 1999-2000, and the team eventually went on to become tag team champions. His father, Jerry Lawler, was a long-time wrestler-turned-commentator who famously feuded with Andy Kaufman in the early 1980s.

WWE paid tribute to Lawler before a show in Phoenix on Sunday night. WWE also honored former wrestler Nikolai Volkoff, who died Sunday at age 70.