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Brickhouse Brown dies: How did the latest pro wrestling superstar die?

Brickhouse Brown wins courage award at the CAC 2018
Brickhouse Brown wins courage award at the CAC 2018

They say celebrity deaths come in threes and that was true on Sunday for professional wrestling fans. The latest name to add to the list of professional wrestlers who died young is Brickhouse Brown.

Brown, whose real name is Frederick Seawright, died at the age of 57 after battling cancer.

Brickhouse Brown joins more familiar names in WWE Hall of Fame legend Nikolai Volkoff and Brian Lawler, the son of Jerry “The King” Lawler, as former wrestling stars who died this weekend.

Interestingly, the news that Brickhouse Brown died broke last week but it turned out to be a false alarm.

Brown was in hospice care in Mississippi when he was declared dead on July 20. However, as the coroner was on his way to pick up the body, Brown told his mother that he was hungry and his mother started screaming, alerting the staff that he was still alive.

The resurrection lasted just over one week before Brickhouse Brown finally passed away, this time reported by his family.

Brickhouse Brown started his professional wrestling career in Texas, trained by Terry Funk. He had his greatest success in Memphis working for and alongside Jerry “The King” Lawler, making this a very hard day for The King of Wrestling.

While Brickhouse Brown never enjoyed success in the WWE, he worked in the regional promotions and was with the USWA all the way until 1997. When he left that promotion, he continued to wrestle and work as a booker in the Indies until 2017.

It was in 2017 that Brickhouse Brown was diagnosed with prostate cancer. It was only stage 2 when he received his diagnosis but he had no health insurance and was unable to try to stop the spread, instead just treating his illness with painkillers.

The Cauliflower Alley Club did not know about his cancer soon enough to help him get treatment, but they paid for his hospice treatment and care once they found out. It was Rocky Johnson, the father of Dwyane Johnson, who connected the two sides.

He received the Cauliflower Alley courage award in April and said at the time that his cancer was terminal. Brickhouse Brown’s funeral will take place in Florida on Friday, August 11, which would have been his 58th birthday.


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