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[Von Erich Family Gallery]


[www.Vonerich.com ]
Family: Von Erich Family (Adkissens)
Known by many as the first family of wrestling..
Members: Fritz Von Erich
Kevin Von Erich
David Von Erich
Kerry Von Erich
Mike Von Erich
Chris Von Erich

Waldo Von Erich
Lance Von Erich
Hometown: Denton County, Texas
Debut:
Previous Identities: Kerry=Texas Tornado
Finishing Move: The Claw
Notable Feuds: Harley Race
Ric Flair
Ken Patera
Dick Murdoch
Bruiser Brody
Fabulous Freebirds
Michael Hayes
Terry Gordy
Buddy Roberts
Chris Adams
Gino Hernandez
Website: http://www.angelfire.com/wrestling3/vedynasty/


  • 1959: Jack Adkisson Jr. dies at the age of 7 from electrical shock..
  • David von Erich was the first von Erich brother to wrestle.
  • 1978: David von Erich was voted 3rd place for rookie of the year..
  • February 10, 1984: David (25) was found dead in Japan, the victim of acute enteritis, a severe inflamation of the intestines..
  • David von Erich was given a hero's send off complete with a song entitled "Heaven Needed a Champion"..
  • May 6, 1984: Fritz von Erich came out of retirement and teamed with his sons Kevin and Mike and they defeated the Freebirds..
  • ~~~But that night will long be remebered for Kerry von Erich defeated NWA champion Ric Flair with a backslide at 25:42..
  • ~~~This match was voted match of the year in 1984, in front of 43,517 fans in Irving, Texas..
  • August 22, 1985: Mike Von Erich was operated at Granville C. Morton Cancer and Research Center in Dallas,TX for an injured shoulder..
  • ~~~He is released four days later, with no complications, and later he has a 105 and 107 degree fevers..
  • ~~~Unfortunately, Mike begins a battle with the rare disease toxic shock syndrome..
  • ~~~Mike had to give up wrestling because of this disease..
  • April 12, 1987: Mike von Erich committed suicide by overdosing on a tranquilizer placidyl -- he was only 23..
  • May 11, 1987: Kevin von Erich collapsed in the middle of the ring during an eight-man bout;
  • ~~~Kevin/The Fantastics/Bruiser Brody against Brian Adias/Black Bart/Al Madril/Al Perez..
  • ~~~The Fantastics Tommy Rogers, seeing von Erich turning blue, administers cardiopulmonary resuscitation..
  • September 12, 1991: Chris von Erich committed suicide by shooting himself he was only 21..
  • February 8, 1992: Kerry von Erich was arrested for attempting to falsify drug prescriptions and was released on bond and sent to rehab..
  • October 1, 1992: Kerry von Erich is sentenced on 6 felony counts of prescription forgery..
  • ~~~He recieves a 10-yr suspended license, 10-yrs of supervised probation and a $6,000 fine..
  • February 17, 1993: Kerry von Erich was indicited on a cocaine possession charge and was going to go to jail for violating his parole..
  • February 18, 1993: Kerry von Erich took his own life and died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. He was 33 years old..
  • ~~~Sadly, Kerry was the third of the von Erich brothers to commit suicide, with brothers Mike and Chris taking their own lives before him..
  • September 19, 1997: Fritz von Erich was found dead at his home in Lake Dallas.. [read more]..
  • Kevin von Erich is the only surviving member of the von Erich dynasty and attributes that to his marriage and direction in life..