Jerry Lawler is joined on today’s show by his co-host Glenn Moore.
This week’s episode will be dedicated to the memory of Lawler’s son, Brian Christopher Lawler, who passed away this past week. Lawler thinks this podcast will be an opportunity for him to vent, by sharing with his friends and fans around the world what he’s gone through over the past few days. He calls these last fews days one of the hardest periods of his life.
Lawler points out that losing his son was devastating, and it’s almost as if he’s been living in a nightmare ever since because everything has been a blur. He informs that he was in Raleigh, North Carolina when he received a phone call from a police officer, who informed him that his son had hung himself in prison. It was a terrible thing to hear, and he wasn’t sure how to proceed. The Deputy then told Lawler that initially there was no pulse, but they had since found a pulse and Brian was trying to breath on his own.
Lawler felt hopeless as he was stuck in North Carolina while the rest of his family rushed to Brian’s side at the hospital. He didn’t want to think the worst, and he continued to hold out hope that Brian would recover in hospital. After catching a flight out of North Carolina he arrived in Memphis and traveled straight to the hospital. When he got to Brian’s room the severity of the situation began to set it.
At this point he realized that Brian was in very poor shape, and was basically being kept alive by machines. At one point in the afternoon a team of doctors sat down with Lawler and Brian’s mother, and told them that although Brian’s brain stem was in tact, the rest of his brain was deprived of oxygen for an extended period of time and there was basically no activity there.
Lawler gets emotional as he discusses the thought of having to tell doctors to turn off the machines that were keeping his son alive. At one point Brian’s blood pressure began to drop and the doctors told Lawler that they were just delaying the inevitable. Lawler held Brian’s hand as his heart stopped beating. The family said their goodbyes and then they left. Lawler thanks the hospital staff for allowing them the freedom to stay there with Brian as long as they wanted.
Lawler points out that like most young people who aren’t expecting to die, Brian didn’t have any of his burial plans laid out. Lawler and the family had to straighten out all of those details in the days following Brian’s death, and that has been extremely difficult for him.
Lawler informs that it’s been great to read some of the fan messages that he has received since Brian’s death. He points out that Brian was “Grandmaster Sexay” 24/7, and while that character entertained millions, he was unable to turn that character off. Brian had made some bad decisions, and was recently arrested on a DUI charge.
Brian was set to serve a mandatory 90 days in jail because this was his third DUI. Lawler, like many other people, have their doubts that Brian actually committed suicide that day. He points out that some things went on in that jail, and there’s an ongoing investigation that might take a long time to be sorted out. He says he shouldn’t speak about any of those details at this time.
Lawler doesn’t want to believe that Brian actually took his own life, and he just wants to get to the bottom of what really happened in the jail cell that day. Even if it is proven that Brian actually took his own life, Lawler can’t understand how someone in prison could have access to something to hang themselves with. Lawler’s lawyer told him that this whole thing “…doesn’t pass the smell test”.
Lawler points out that Brian’s goal was to get sober, clean himself up, and then start helping people who were in a situation similar to his. Moore points out that it’s rare for someone with those goals to take their own life just days later.
Lawler points out that Brian didn’t want a sad, sombre service. He thanks the Pastor for being so accommodating with their wishes to have a celebration of Brian’s life. He thought the service was beautiful, and it was exactly what Brian would have wanted.
He thanks everyone for their kind messages of love and support during this difficult time. He urges every parent to tell their kids that they love them, because he didn’t say that enough to Brian.
That sums up this week’s episode of Dinner With The King. From everyone at Ringside News, we send our thoughts and prayers to Jerry and the Lawler family.
You can listen to the show yourself anytime here, and I’ll catch ya next week for another recap.