Jerry Lawler spoke for the first time Monday as the investigation continues into the death of his son, former professional wrestler Brian Christopher Lawler.
Lawler told WHBQ over the phone that he was with his son during his final moments in the hospital.
He said he rushed back to Memphis, Tennessee, from North Carolina on Sunday morning after getting the word that his son was in the hospital.
He spent hours at Regional One hospital with family and friends around his son’s bed.
He said it was not easy, but he was “glad to hold his son’s hand when his heart stopped beating around 3:30 p.m.”
Lawler said his family has been so appreciative of the support from friends and fans. He said they have heard from thousands of people.
Lawler told WHBQ that the visitation and funeral service will be Friday at Hope Church on Walnut Grove Road. The visitation starts at noon and the service will begin at 2:00 p.m. CDT.
Brian Lawler had several run-ins with the law. He was charged earlier this month with his third DUI offense and evading arrest.
The Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office said they had no indication that he was suicidal.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, he was found hanging in his cell and never recovered after being rushed to the hospital.
Jerry Lawler spoke only briefly of the investigation, saying, “There may be more to this than meets the eye.”
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation called Lawler Monday morning and asked him not to comment further until their investigation is complete.