Kerry Von Erich Wife: Catherine “Cathy” Murray & Daughter

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Kerry Von Erich Wife: During the 90s, people widely discussed the short-lived marriage between Kerry Von Erich and his wife.

In the annals of professional wrestling history, the name “Von Erich” will always evoke feelings of joy and sadness in equal measure.

Following the memorable legacy of the professional wrestler and his family, his children also entered the profession to preserve their legacy.

The Legend Wrestler Kerry Von Erich
The Legend Wrestler Kerry Von Erich (Source: The SmackDown Hotel)

Kerry Gene Adkisson was born on February 3, 1960, in Niagara Falls, New York, United States. He was the son of wrestler Fritz Von Erich.

Moreover, he debuted in his father’s promotion, NWA Texas/Big Time Wrestling, on May 7, 1978, against Paul Perschmann.

Kerry earned most of his fame in Texas’ World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW), where they nicknamed him “The Modern Day Warrior.”

In June 1990, Von Erich entered into a contract with Vince McMahon‘s World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and debuted at the Saturday night event under the ring name Texas Tornado.

During the 1990s, he competed for the USWF Texas Heavyweight Championship and the Global Wrestling Federation (GWF), which marked his final matches.

Unfortunately, on February 18, 1993, Kerry died on his father’s ranch in Denton County, Texas, after shooting himself in the heart.

Who was Kerry Von Erich Wife?

Kerry married Catherine M. Murray, also known as Cathy, on June 18, 1983, in Denton County, Texas.

The couple deeply loved each other. They also had two daughters together named Hollie Brooke and Lacy Dawn.

Hollie Brooke was born on September 19, 1984, and younger Lacy Dawn was born on July 17, 1986, in Dallas.

Kerry Von Erich With Cathy And Their Children
Kerry Von Erich With Cathy And Their Children (Source: Facebook)

The younger Lacy wrestled for several years, gaining notable recognition with TNA under the ring name Lacey Von Erich.

However, she exited the wrestling business in 2010 after receiving a diagnosis of meningitis and migraine.

Similarly, Kerry and Cathy’s happy marriage didn’t last for more than nine years. Their marriage fell apart, and later, Catherine and Kerry divorced on April 22, 1992.

After the divorce, the wrestler was left with both kids, marking the beginning of the final moments for Kerry.

The Von Erich Family Curse

People colloquially use the term “Von Erich curse” to refer to the chain of events involving the deaths of the Erich brothers.

Kerry grew up in a family of wrestlers, with his father and five brothers, David, Kevin, Mike, and Chris, who were also professional fighters.

Regrettably, only one brother, Kevin, is still alive today, but their legacy lives on through the third generation of Von Erich.

The first brother of the family drowned in a puddle at the age of six.

Moreover, David died from a stomach infection at the age of 26, and the other brothers all chose to take their own lives.

Mike took an overdose of Placidyl near Lewisville Lake in 1987 when he was 23. Similarly, Chris shot himself in the head with a 9mm handgun in 1991 at the age of 21.

The Von Erich Family
The Von Erich Family (Source: Ring The Damn Bell)

Von Erich died by suicide in 1993, shooting himself in the heart after a horrific motorcycle accident that eventually led to the amputation of the star’s foot.

Due to his injuries, Kerry became addicted to painkillers, leading to his dismissal from the WWF.

The accident, combined with the drug addiction, is believed to have caused Kerry’s rapid mental decline.

One of his friends advised him to consider his daughters, but he expressed his desire to join his three brothers before his suicide.

After many years, filmmakers released a movie named “Iron Claw” about the Von Erich family.

Rosy Panta
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