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Christopher Lawford, Actor and Nephew of JFK, Dies at 63

Christopher Lawford, an actor who was also the nephew of former President John F. Kennedy, died this week from unknown causes.

He was 63 years old.

According to TMZ, Lawford was at a yoga studio last night when he had a medical emergency of some kind and later died.

These law enforcement sources say the death appears to be from “natural causes,” but the coroner is performing an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

We cannot confirm anything at this time.

Lawford’s death was confirmed by his cousin Kerry Kennedy, who wrote on Twitter:

“We mourn the loss of my cousin Christopher Lawford, Rest in Peace. Pictured here with our family at the 2004 Democratic Convention and with his wonderful son, David.”

This was the Tweet and the picture in question that confirmed the sad development:

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Lawford was son of JFK’s sister Patricia and the British actor Peter Lawford.

In addition to his well-known lineage, Lawford was best known to the entertainment masses for his acting career, with television roles on programs including General Hospital, All My Children and Frasier,.

He also had a role in 2003’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and in the Cuban Missle Crises movie Thirteen Days.

He had over 40 credits to his name, across the small screen and big screen.

In his 2016 book, “When Your Partner Has an Addiction: How Compassion Can Transform Your Relationship (And Heal You Both in the Process),” Lawford opened up about his addiction to LSD, which he said started at age 14 and concluded at age 30 when he went to rehab.

The late 63-year old attributed his issues to his parents’ bitter divorce, along with the assassinations of his uncles John and Robert.

“I had friends trying to get me to use LSD in seventh grade. I grew up with an ethic of trying to do good in the world, and I said no. Then my Uncle Bobby was shot. Next fall they asked me again and I said sure,” Lawford wrote in this memoir.

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In 2006, Lawford said on The Today Show of his past:

“There are many days when I wish I could take back and use (my youth) more appropriately. But all of that got me here. I can’t ask for some of my life to be changed and still extract the understanding and the life that I have today, with my children, with my friends, with my lover.

“All of those relationships are the result of all that I have gone through with my life.”

Lawford was born on March 29, 1955 in Santa Monica, California.

As you might expect from someone in his family, he was active in politics, working with the Democratic National Committee, the United Nations, the White House Office on Drug Control Policy, the World Health Organization and the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse.

That’s a pretty impressive list.

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In 2009, Lawford was appointed to the California Public Health Advisory Committee. 

He was named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in 2011.

Lawford is survived by his second wife, Mercedes Miller, and his children, two sons and a daughter, from his first marriage to Jeannie Olsson.

We send our condolences to his family members, friends and loved ones.

May he rest in peace.

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Brian Christopher, Former WWE Superstar, Dead of Suicide

Brian Christopher Lawler, the son of WWE legend Jerry Lawler and a former WWE Superstar himself, passed away on Sunday, hours after being placed on life support.

He was 46 years old.

According to TMZ and other outlets, Christopher was surrounded by friends, family members and loved ones at the time of his death, which took place after he tried to kill himself on Saturday night.

He did so via an attempted hanging in jail.

Prison guards discovered Lawler in his cell outside Memphis.

He was taken to a hospital shortly afterward, where he remained in critical condition until late Sunday morning.

Lawler, who wrestled in the WWE under the name Grandmaster Sexay, was arrested earlier this month for DUI after leading cops on a wild and dangerous chase.

Police reported that Brian smelled of alcohol and had an open 12-ounce can of beer in his center console; they arrested him on the spot.

Bail had been set at $ 40,000.

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As Grandmaster Sexay, Christopher teamed with Scotty 2 Hotty to form the tag team Too Cool and even won the tag team title at one point in his career.

Brian’s father, Jerry Lawler, is one of the most well-known wrestling personalities on the planet.

He is a WWE Hall of Famer and works for the company as an announcer.

Said the company in an announcement shortly after Brian died:

WWE is saddened to learn that Brian Christopher Lawler, who is best known in WWE as Too Cool’s Grandmaster Sexay, has passed away.

Lawler, who is the son of WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler, competed during the height of the Attitude Era.

WWE extends its condolences to Lawler’s family, friends and fans.

Brian also wrestled for a number of different independent promotions, most notably the United States Wrestling Association in Memphis, Tennessee.

His father and his family are legends in that city.

The WWE released Lawler in 2001.

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However, he made occasional appearances on WWE television in subsequent years.

In the buildup to Jerry Lawler’s match against Michael Cole at WrestleMania XXVII in 2011, Bruan returned to confront his father at the announcers’ table.

Brian also reunited with Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty for an old-school edition of Raw on Januart 6, 2014 and defeated 3MB. The photo above was taken after this match.

He then tagged with Scotty 2 Hotty in a losing effort against The Ascension at NXT Arrival on February 27, 2014.

Earlier on Sunday, WWE also confirmed that former star Nikolai Volkoff had also passed away. He was 70 years old.

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Said former WWE announcer and legenary personality Jim Ross this evening:

“So saddened today re: the deaths of @WWE HOFER Nikolai Volkoff, #BrickhouseBrown, once targeted to replace #JYD, and #BrianChristopher, the talented son of the great, @JerryLawler#RIPGentlemen #CondolencesToAll.”

Added ex-wrestler Taz:

“Two men from different generations of wrestling industry both extremely successful careers have left us unfortunately.

“I knew Brian during my WWE years & shared lots of laughs with him. My deepest sympathies to the families & friends of #BrianChristopher & #NikolaiVolkoff – RIP.”

May they both rest in peace.

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Kim Cattrall: Brother Christopher Cattrall Dead at 55

Even though Kim Cattrall is done with Sex and the City, her role as the infamous Samantha won her countless fans all over the world.

It was to those same fans that Kim turned for help over the weekend, when her brother, Chris Cattrall, went missing.

Sadly, Kim Cattrall has now had the grim task of sharing that her brother has passed away at 55.

Over the weekend, beloved Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall shared this heartfelt plea:

“MISSING! This is my brother Christopher Cattrall or Chris as we call him. He has been missing since Tuesday, January the 30th from his home in Lacombe, Alberta Canada.”

It sounds like she and her family had hoped that police in Alberta could find her brother quietly without her having to embarrass him publicly. But she had reason to be worried.

“His keys, cell phone,& wallet left on the table and his front door unlocked. This is not like Chris. He he would never leave his unlocked home without those items nor his 7 beloved dogs.”

After that alarming description, Kim provides a physical description to match the photo.

“Chris is 55 years old, 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, blue eyes, short brown hair, goatee, average build & usually wearing a waist length hooded winter coat with black gloves, blue jeans and calf high black winter boots.”

Of course, if he didn’t have his wallet, phone, or keys with him, it’s hard to tell what he might be wearing or not wearing.

“If you’ve seen Chris contact Blackfalds RCMP at 403 885 3300 He’s a one of a kind brother. Help us bring him home safe. Please spread the world. Many thanks for reading this. Kim.”

Fans rushed to spread the news.

Unfortunately, desperate searches for loved ones often end in tragedy.

On Sunday night, Kim posted this grim update:

“It is with great sadness that myself and my family announce the unexpected passing of our son and brother, Chris Cattrall.”

Oh, that is several kinds of heartbreaking.

If you’ve ever lost a sibling, you know how devastating that can be. Quite frankly, even if you haven’t, you can probably imagine what she must be going through.

What her entire family must be going through.

Kim Cattrall’s difficult message continues:

“At this time we ask for privacy.”

Of course. Naturally, everyone has questions … but she and her family will share what they know when they can. In the mean time, nobody needs to be photographed crying in their living room.

She also thanks fans.

“We want to thank you all on social media for your outpouring of love and support in this trying time.”

Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesperson Corporal Chris Warren did confim that Chris Cattrall was found, deceased, on his property on Sunday.

Naturally, they’re still investigating, but it doesn’t sound like they suspect foul play.

The truth may be mundane or embarrassing, but no matter what the police find to be the cause of death, this is a tragic story.

Our hearts go out to Kim Cattall and her family in this trying time.

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