A member of the famous Von Erich wrestling family, he was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009; named Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Rookie of the Year in 1984.
He grew up wanting to be a cameraman or musician, but ultimately got sucked into the wrestling career and lifestyle.
His father was a wrestling promoter, and his four brothers were all successful professional wrestlers as well.
He was married to Shani Garza from February 14, 1985, until his death by suicide.
His father Fritz Von Erich was a wrestling promoter.