WWE wrestler Jerry Lawler files lawsuit over son’s death

Professional wrestler Jerry "The King" Lawler stands on the court during a break in play in the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame wrestler Jerry “The King” Lawler has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a Tennessee county where his son suffered a fatal injury while incarcerated.

News outlets report the law firm of Rosenblum and Reisman said in a statement on Monday that Lawler is seeking compensatory and punitive damages “for the numerous failures of the county and its employees” that resulted in the death of former WWE star Brian Christopher Lawler.

The 46-year-old Lawler was found hanging in his Hardeman County jail cell and died the next day at a hospital. Authorities have said the death resulted from a suicide attempt.

Jerry Lawler has expressed doubt about the manner of his son’s death.

A message seeking comment from Hardeman County officials wasn’t immediately returned.