The Von Erich family is a professional wrestling family in Dallas, Texas. The firstborn son, Jack Jr., was electrocuted at the age of six in 1959 in a household accident. In 1984, David Von Erich died in Japan from an unconfirmed cause, although it is widely believed he died from a drug overdose. Mike, Chris, and Kerry committed suicide in 1987, 1991, and 1993 respectively. Photo: Kerry, David, Mike, Kevin.1980s
The Von Erich Family - One of Wrestling's Most Tragic Stories
What can I say about this place? Should have been made a historical site and never torn down. It was the place to go see a very young Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Porter Warner and he new young partner named Dolly Patron to some kid named Elvis during the weekly Big D Jamboree. You also went to go see the wrestling Von Erich family battle the Fabulous Firebirds, Gary Hart, Chris Adams and David Manning.
The tragedy of the Von Erichs—the state’s first family of pro wrestling—is well known not just to fans of the sport but to the many groupies who oohed and aahed at the matinee-idol athletes over the years. Still, you haven’t really heard the story until it’s told by the sole surviving sibling, whose eldest son may be the next one to step into the ring.