Dwayne Johnson on Brian Christopher Lawler’s death: I never knew him to be suicidal
WWE wrestler Brian Christopher Lawler passed away on July 29, 2018. The professional wrestler shocked everyone as he committed suicide. Earlier in July this year, Brian was arrested and jailed for driving under the influence. He was found hanging in a cell at the Hardeman County Jail. Well, Lawler was a very close friend of wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson. The Rock took to Instagram to share an emotional post on his ‘good bud’ Brian.
*swipe left. RIP brother. Spent all week trying to process the hard loss of my good bud, Brian Christopher Lawler. He became a great friend the day I stepped foot in the small wrestling territory in the south known as the USWA to start my pro wrestling career. We rode together daily (1500 miles per week) trained together at any gym we could find, ate together at any Waffle House off the highway, wrestled together in flea markets to state fairs, shared motel rooms together, and would always dream (and talk shit;) about what life would be like once we made it to the big leagues of the WWE. Once we both finally made it to the big leagues of the WWE, nothing changed... we still did everything together. Including having nightly Madden tournaments after our wrestling matches in our motel room and then we’d extend our competitive spirit to a rowdy game of Wiffle Ball. Imagine us acting like crazy Wiffle Ball idiots at 2am in the parking lot of the Motel 6. Our jaws would hurt from laughing so hard. Then we’d finally take our butts to bed, hit the gym in the morning, drive 200 miles to the next town to wrestle and start the night all over again. I’ll miss these times now even more. Hurts my heart to know how Brian decided to check out. I never knew him to be suicidal, but I guess sometimes the pain just gets to be too much for one to take. I’ll miss you man and the times we had. Thanks for being a great friend. Thanks for being my boy. My love, light, support and strength to Brian’s father, Jerry Lawler and Brian’s mother, Kay as well as Brian’s family and friends. ~ DJ
Johnson has revealed how close he was to Lawler. He has written about how they met during their USWA and became great friends and even after joining WWE nothing changed between them. The actor has also stated in his post that he never knew Brian was suicidal and it hurts him that his friend took such a drastic step and ended his life. Dwayne has thanked Brian for being such a great friend. Well, the post clearly expresses Johnson’s grief. He is surely missing his friend a lot.
Brian Christopher Lawler’s funeral took place on August 3, 2018 and his father had posted on Instagram about it. May his soul rest in peace.