The Adkisson family, known publicly as the legendary Von Erichs from Texas, were professional wrestling’s ‘first family’. The Von Erich saga of reaching the unparalleled heights of dizzying fame, fortune and athletic accomplishments is marred by suffering the unbelievable depths of a number of almost Shakespearean tragedies. Although the family wrestling patriarch Fritz Von Erich lived to the age of 68, he unfortunately buried five of his six sons, three by suicide. The firstborn son, Jack Jr., died at the age of six from electrocution. In 1984, David Von Erich, who was being groomed to be the next NWA world champion, died in Japan from acute enteritis of the upper intestine. Mike, Chris and Kerry all committed suicide within a span of six years. Kevin Von Erich is the lone surviving child of Jack and Doris Adkisson. With the obvious exception of Jack Jr., all the sons followed their father into the family wrestling business.
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