MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Former WWE star Brian Lawler, also known as Brian Christopher, died Sunday afternoon, according to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
He is the son of Memphis wrestling legend Jerry "The King" Lawler.
Brian Christopher was found hanging in his cell at the Hardeman County Jail, TBI said.
Corrections officers administered CPR until paramedics arrived, and he was taken to Regional Medical Center where he died Sunday afternoon.
Brian was 46 years old.
"He's larger than life. He really was," wrestler Derrick King said.
For years Brian entertained thousands in sold out stadiums, sometimes wrestling with his father. King said he entered the ring with Brian hundreds of times.
"I grew up in Memphis, grew up watching him on Channel 5, myself. He was one of those guys you go, 'I want to wrestle just like him,'" King said.
Brian had a long, successful wrestling career, reaching his pinnacle in the late 90s as part of the tag team duo called "Too Cool." In 2000, Too Cool won the WWF Tag Team Championship.
WMC Action News 5 Chief Meteorologist Emeritus Dave Brown worked wrestling broadcasts for 35 years. He was there when Brian first got his start in the ring.
"He was quite successful. When he made it to WWE, he stayed there for several years," Brown said.
Brian's promising wrestling career was derailed by personal issues, Brown said. He was arrested several times over the years for disorderly conduct and assault.
Last month, he was arrested for allegedly not paying a bill at a Downtown Memphis hotel.
Earlier this month, Brian was booked into the Hardeman County Jail. Police said he drove under the influence, evaded arrest, and drove with a suspended license.
"It was just shock. We all knew Brian had issues that he dealt with. I don't think anybody could have predicted this," Brown said.
"It's almost like you don't know what to do. It's almost like you can't believe what you're hearing," King said.
Those who knew Brian said they'll always remember him as a world class entertainer with a large personality.
"I'll remember him as a young, very successful wrestler," Brown said.
"I would just tell the people, remember the guy who entertained you day in and day out," King said.
TBI is investigating Brian's death.
Brian's brother, Kevin Lawler, posted about his brother's death on Facebook:
WWE released the following statement on Brian Christopher's passing: