Lawler died on Sunday, after being placed on life support Saturday night following a suicide attempt while in jail in Memphis, Tennessee, TMZ first reported. Lawler had been arrested earlier this month on charged of DUI and evading police.
Lawler was reportedly surrounded by his family, including his father, when he died.
During his time with the WWE, the late wrestler belonged to the tag team Too Cool alongside Scott "Scotty 2 Hotty" Garland. He began his career in the late '80s as part of the United States Wrestling Association before joining the WWE (then WWF) in 1997.
During his 25-year career, Lawler wrestled for a number of different organizations, including Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and a number of independent wrestling promotion groups, but made numerous returns to the WWE. His final WWE appearance came in February 2014.
Many in the community, including his fellow wrestlers and former promotional organizations, took to Twitter to share their condolences and tributes to the late star.
Incredibly sad news about the passing of Brian Christopher. A tragic loss of life. Both @StephMcMahon and I are thinking of Jerry Lawler and the entire Lawler family this evening. https://t.co/Siqrx5Vt1c
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
Once u got to know him & get past his "wall" he was a pretty good person. We all had/have our demons & it's a daily battle. No telling what he was thinking or feeling. Sad day for anyone who really knew him... #RIPBrianChristopherhttps://t.co/pHTTvz7zXX