Brian Christopher Lawler died today. Jerry “The King” Lawler’s son was 46 at the time of his passing.
Known to fans of the WWE Attitude Era as Grand Master Sexay, Lawler wrestled in the WWE from 1997 until 2001. He returned to the company in 2004 as a part of a feud his father — WWE Hall of Fame superstar Jerry Lawler — was involved in.
Most recently, Brian Lawler returned for one night to the WWE with his Too Cool tag team partner Scotty Too Hotty for a match at NXT Arrival in 2014. Between those WWE events, Lawler wrestled on the independent scene — mostly in Tennessee.
Wrestling insider Dave Meltzer reported that Brian Lawler died on Sunday morning after allegedly attempting to hang himself while in jail. Wrestling Inc reported that they confirmed his death but the family has yet to make an official statement.
Just to confirm, Nikolai Volkoff, Brian Lawler and Brickhouse Brown have all passed away. Very sad day for pro wrestling.
— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) July 29, 2018
Brian Lawler’s death was mired in tragedy.
The reason that he left the WWE in 2001 was that he was arrested at the Canadian border for carrying illegal drugs (muscle enhancers) while on an official WWE tour. He has struggled with his addictions through his entire life.
TMZ reported previously that Brian was arrested earlier in July when he refused to pull over for a traffic stop in Tennessee and tried to run from the police. Police reports indicate that he “reeked of booze” and had an open container.
Lawler had been arrested for public intoxication in June 2009 and spent 30 days in jail for refusing to take attend in-patient treatment.
According to TMZ on Sunday, officials found Brian Lawler in his cell and rushed him to the hospital where he was placed on life support. Reportedly, his family showed up to pay their last respects and he passed away a short time later.