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The matriarch of the Von Erich family passes away


Doris Adkisson, the matriarch of the Von Erich family, has passed away. Dave Meltzer reported the news on Saturday afternoon. Adkisson is the wife of Fritz Von Erich and the mother of the Von Erich kids.

The story of the Von Erich's has been well-documented on various DVDs, books and an ESPN documentary that aired earlier this year. The youngest son Jack drowned at the age of six in 1959.

David, who many considered to be the best in-ring worker and the son with the most star potential, passed away in 1984 after a drug overdose. Mike Von Erich suffered toxic shock syndrome and, at one point was declared dead, but made a miraculous recovery. He committed suicide just six weeks later.

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Chris killed himself in 1991 and Kerry committed suicide in 1993. Friends of Kerry believed that he was worried about going to jail due to legal issues he was dealing with stemming from drug-related charges. Fritz passed away of lung cancer in 1997.