Services will be held for Brian Christopher Lawler this Friday, Aug. 3 in Memphis, according to Fox 13. In sharing the details with the television station, Brian’s father, WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler, also made his first public comments about his son’s death.
Brian died on Sunday (July 29) in hospital after being found hanging in his jail cell at Hardeman County Jail the night before.
“The King” spoke to Fox’s Zach Crenshaw and said he was “glad” he was able to make it from North Carolina to Memphis in order “to hold his son’s hand when his heart stopped beating around 3:30 p.m.”
Lawler said he and his family have heard from thousands expressing support, and voiced their appreciation for their sentiments.
He also briefly commented on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI)’s routine examination of the circumstances surrounding Brian’s death. AJC.com reported Lawler as saying, “there may be more to than this than meets the eye”, but the website wrote that TBI asked him not to comment further until their investigation is complete.
Fox 13 has also spoken to a Memphis attorney, Jeff Rosenblum, who is pushing for an independent review of the events which preceded and followed Brian’s hanging. Rosenblum is not identified as being affiliated with Jerry or the Lawler family.
Brian’s memorial will take place Friday at Hope Church, 8500 Walnut Grove Road in Memphis. Visitation is at 12 p.m. with a service to follow at 2 p.m.