David Von Erich (1958-84) Cause of Death: Ruptured Intestine
Kerry Von Erich (1960-93) Cause of Death: Suicide
Mike Von Erich (1964-87) Cause of Death: Suicide
Chris Von Erich (1969-91) Cause of Death: Suicide
"Ten years ago I had four brothers, and now I'm not even a brother."
-Kevin Von Erich
The first family of Texas wrestling is also one of the most tragic stories in the history of the industry.
Terrible misfortune, substance abuse, and mental illness all caused a decade of misery for a real-life wrestling family who were at one time "bigger than the Dallas Cowboys."
The "Von Erich curse" began well before any of the brothers began in the business when oldest brother Jack died as a child in a freak accident, and continued in 1984 when David died of a ruptured intestine while on tour with Bruiser Brody in Japan.
The curse continued with Kerry suffered a motorcycle accident losing a foot and falling into drug addiction before taking his life in 1993.
Brothers Mike and Chris would also suffer from serious depression and substance abuse and take their own lives.
Kevin Von Erich is the only surviving member of the family.