The WWE community is in mourning after a tragic day in which three wrestlers were found dead, including the son of the legendary Jerry Lawler.
Former stars Brian Christopher Lawler (aka Grandmaster Sexay), Brickhouse Brown and Nikolai Volkoff all died on Sunday.
Chistopher was found in a jail cell in Memphis, Tennessee, according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer.
The son of WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler, was 46 years old.
— Mirror Sport (@MirrorSport) July 29, 2018
RIP Brian Lawler. You’ve gone to the home of the brave. pic.twitter.com/pk7csyTofg
— Brandon Reed (@Brandon33130612) July 29, 2018
“WWE is saddened to learn that Brian Christopher Lawler, who is best known in WWE as Too Cool’s Grandmaster Sexay, has passed away,” the WWE said in a statement.
“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.”
He went by ‘Grand Master Sexay’, one-half of the ‘Too Cool’ tag-team along with Scotty 2 Hotty.
The duo would eventually add Rikishi into the mix as the now trio were best known for their hip-hop inspired choreographed dance routines after matches.
— Tony G (@LEAN_AMBROSE) July 29, 2018
In 2000, Too Cool would win the WWE Tag Team titles for the first and only time, defeating Edge and Christian.
Why was Brian Christopher in jail?
According to TMZ Sports, Christopher was arrested on July 7 for DUI and evading Tennessee police officers.
In June, Christopher was arrested for allegedly not having the funds to cover a hotel bill at the Hampton Inn in Memphis, Tennessee, according to TMZ Sports.
Brian Christopher was one of three deaths in the wrestling world
WWE Hall of Famer Volkoff (real name Josip Nikolai Peruzović) died at the age of 70, the WWE also announced on Sunday.
Volkoff played a larger-than-life Russian villain and was one-half of a tag team with The Iron Sheik.
Three Wrestling legends has passed away on the same day. This is not great for the Wrestling business. Send prayers to their family and friends. Rest in peace to all of them. #nikolaivolkoff #grandmastersexay #awa #wwf #wcw #wwe #brickhousebrown #restinpeace #BrianChristopher pic.twitter.com/sXXvACMdCd
— Avery Watts (@Averydwatts342) July 29, 2018
He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 after a wrestling career of 40-plus years.
Brickhouse Brown (real name Fredrick Seawright) died Sunday at the age of 57 from cancer, according to the Wrestling Observer.
Brown was best known for his time in the USWA, AWA and CWA.
Wrestling world reacts to tragic day
So saddened today re: the deaths of @WWE HOFER Nikolai Volkoff, #BrickhouseBrown, once targeted to replace #JYD, and #BrianChristopher, the talented son of the great, @JerryLawler#RIPGentlemen #CondolencesToAll 🙏
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) July 29, 2018
Truly lost a legend today in Nikolai Volkoff. My condolences to his family and countless fans. pic.twitter.com/9tZUrIwLoo
— KEN SHAMROCK (@ShamrockKen) July 29, 2018
Today is a super sad day for me and wrestling fans everywhere. I just found out NiKolai Volkoff, Brian Lawler & Brickhouse Brown all passed away today. It literally took my breathe away. My deepest sympathies go out to all their families. God Bless you brothers. Gods Speed DDP
— Diamond Dallas Page (@RealDDP) July 29, 2018
Sorry to hear the passings of Nikolai Volkoff, Brian Christopher and Brickhouse Brown. A very sad day in the history of Sports Entertainment. #RIP
— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) July 29, 2018
1st time I worked with Brian Christopher was in Louisville I told him "Nobody wants to work with u. Let's have a great match and show them u can. Trust me, please. I'm not out to bury you" He did and we had many great matches. He was at times misunderstood. #RIPBrianChristopher
— Tom Prichard (@drtomprichard) July 29, 2018
Condolences to Brian Christopher family and the family of Nikolai Volkoff.
— Honky Tonk Man® (@OfficialHTM) July 29, 2018
Rest In Peace
Each in their own way contributed to this world of wrestling that we inhabit, and have left memories that will last.
— Christopher Daniels (@facdaniels) July 29, 2018
Two men from different generations of wrestling industry both extremely successful careers have left us unfortunately. I knew Brian during my WWE years & shared lots of laughs with him. My deepest sympathies to the families & friends of #BrianChristopher & #NikolaiVolkoff – RIP
— TAZ (@OfficialTAZ) July 29, 2018
RIP Brian Christopher. I think I had every piece of Too Cool merch in 2000.
— Zack Ryder (@ZackRyder) July 29, 2018