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Brian Lawler’s death under investigation; Tennessee Bureau sheriff issues statement

As reported last night, Brian Christopher Lawler, son of WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler, passed away after he was found hanging in his jail cell at the Hardeman County Correctional Center the night before. He had been arrested on July 7th for DUI and evading arrest.

Below are statements, courtesy of PWInsider, regarding an investigation considering the circumstances:

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

“At the request of 25th District Attorney General Mark Davidson, TBI Special Agents are investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident involving an inmate at the Hardeman County Jail. On Saturday evening, Brian C. Lawler (DOB 1/10/72) was found hanging in his cell. Corrections officers administered CPR until paramedics arrived. Lawler was transported to Regional One Medical Center in Memphis where he died Sunday afternoon. Preliminary information indicates the incident does not involve foul play. However, the investigation remains active and ongoing. Lawler was booked into the Hardeman County Jail on July 7th on charges of DUI, Driving on Revoked, and Evading Arrest.”

Hardeman County Sheriff John Doolen

“Mr. Lawler, a resident of Hardeman County, was arrested for third offense DUI, driving on a revoked driver’s license and felony evading arrest. Mr. Lawler’s bond was set at $40.000. He appeared before the Judge of the General Sessions Court at which time his family requested time to determine if they were going to hire a private attorney or wanted the public defender to represent Mr. Lawler. Mr. Lawler, because of his notoriety, was placed in a cell by himself but as the Sheriff’s Department had no indication he was suicidal, he was not on suicide watch. When Mr. Lawler was discovered, he was given CPR and air lifted to the MED in Memphis. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was notified and requested to investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr. Lawler. Any further information will be provided by Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.”


  • oppa

    They were saying he was put on life support so that Jerry and the rest of the family say their goodbyes. Not sure if that’s true, but he didn’t have a chance it seems.

  • oppa

    It’s being said that he tried to kill himself years ago. If he had CTE, you’ll need to check everyone who wrestled in the Attitude Era. This is scary. I don’t know if Jerry will every find peace after this, but I hope he will get the help he needs to deal with this.

  • Grant Thomson

    Anyone who works at a prison or jail knows that no inmate “dies” in prison. At least not on any report. It will always be reported that CPR was administered and the inmate was pronounced dead outside of institutional grounds. I’m not saying that’s what happened with Lawler….but even if he was in fact dead in the cell, it will never be reported as such.