Memphis NBC Affiliate Reports Hardeman County Sherman John Doolen has issued a statement on the death of former WWE superstar Brian Christopher Lawler. Lawler died on Sunday at the age of 46, after trying to stay in prison the night before. Lawler had been imprisoned for DUI since his arrest on July 7, ransacked a license, and escaped arrest.
He found that Lawler was taken to a cell because of his "notoriety" and that the department had no indication that he was suicidal. Lawler was not on suicide. Lawler received CPR and rushed to the hospital, where he later died, surrounded by his family, including his father, WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating the circumstances surrounding Lawler's death. They issued the following statement:
At the request of the Attorney General of the 25th District, Mark Davidson, TBI Special Agents investigates the circumstances of an incident involving an inmate in Hardeman County Prison.
Saturday night Brian C. Lawler (date of birth 1/10/72) was found in his cell. Prison officials provided CPR until paramedics arrived. Lawler was taken to the Regional One Medical Center in Memphis, where he died on Sunday afternoon.
Preliminary information indicates that the incident does not involve an unfair game. The investigation, however, remains active and ongoing.
Lawler was arrested on July 7 in the Hardeman County Jail for DUI, driving on revoked and evasing arrest.