One of the Attitude Era’s most colourful characters, the man behind ‘Grand Master Sexay’, Brian Lawler has died.
According to a source close to the family, Lawler has passed away following a short hospitalization after hanging himself in jail. He was not expected to recover from his injuries.
The son of Jerry “The King” Lawler, he made his wrestling debut in 1988 in the USWA, before signing with the World Wrestling Federation in 1997 as a part of their fledgling Light Heavyweight division. He gained mainstream popularity in 1999 when he transformed into the hip-hop persona of ‘Grand Master Sexay’, teaming alongside Scott ‘Scotty 2 Hotty’ Taylor and later Rikishi in the stable Too Cool. He won the WWF Tag Team Titles in 2000 on an episode of RAW from Edge and Christian.
He was released in 2001, first competing for the newly formed NWA TNA promotion and then several independents. He made a shock return in 2014 with Scotty 2 Hotty, competing in NXT and challenging for the NXT Tag Team Titles.