In Memoriam

Published on July 21st, 2018 | by Bobby Mathews

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Brickhouse Brown – Passes Away After Initially Kicking Out From Death

Amended article (July 29, 2018): We are sad to report that Brickhouse Brown has, in fact, passed away on July 29, 2018, according to a Facebook post made by his family earlier this morning. You can find further information below.

Amended article (July 21st, 2018): Yesterday, we posted about the death of Brickhouse Brown. It turns out Brown wasn’t dead, after all! Brian Blair, President of the Cauliflower Alley Club, left an update on his Facebook account letting everyone know that Brown is in fact still alive. You can read his update below.

Brickhouse Brown holding up the Texas Heavyweight Wrestling Championship

Brickhouse Brown [Photo courtesy of Online World of Wrestling]


Author: Bobby Mathews   /  Editor: JP Zarka


Brickhouse Brown had a tough time breaking into the wrestling business. One of the Apter Mags (The Wrestler, I think) did a rare semi-shoot interview with Brown where he talked about how hard it was to break into the wrestling business in the mid-1980s. Brown had a great look, though, and was finally broken into the business by the late Eddie Graham in Florida.

He went on to a solid, if not spectacular career, headlining the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis and taking the AWA Southern title from the King. Brown also wrestled for World Class, defeating Iceman King Parsons for the Texas title and holding the strap for seven months or so in 1988-89 before losing it to Gary Young. Brown was also part of a successful tag team with Norvell Austin, holding tag titles in the Continental Wrestling Federation, USWA, and Florida. His only national exposure seems to have been a couple of squash matches against Triple H and Henry O. Godwin for WWE.

My favorite Brickhouse Brown story involves a match between Brown, his tag team partner at the time (it may have been Austin) and the Midnight Express in Houston, Texas in 1984 or thereabouts. I don’t know whether the story is apocryphal or not, but it’s amusing nonetheless. The Midnights’ manager, Jim Cornette cut a promo about the upcoming match, telling Brown and his partner about the Houston employment scene–that there were a lot of jobs available for people in Texas, that he was sure Brown would find a job in Houston, and go on to do a LOT of jobs in Texas.

Related: Unstoppable: THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS Defined Tag-Team Greatness

Brown was a solid mid-card babyface or heel throughout his career, and had one of the stiffest dropkicks in the business, according to Mick Foley.

In May 2017, news broke that Brown–who was battling cancer–only had six months to a year left to live. He lived a further fourteen months. In recent months, his cancer has spread to his brain, and Brown dropped over 100 pounds. In his last days, he had trouble walking and was in tough financial shape. Brown’s friend Reggie B. Fine held a benefit show on June 16, 2017, in Memphis, Tennessee to help raise money to cover Brown’s medical bills and living expenses. In the past few weeks, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that Brown had been put under the care of Hospice. On July 20th, 2018, it was reported that Brown passed away though it turns out this wasn’t the case! Brian Blair, President of the Cauliflower Club, explained below:

“Hello my friends!

Brick was dead but now he’s alive! Let me explain:

Got a call from Reggie B. Fine (one of Brick’s best friends) yesterday morning when he told me that Brick’s Biological Mother, Victoria Timmons, called him in tears and said “We just lost Fredrick” (Fredrick Seawright is Brick’s real name), then she asked Reggie to call me, Koko B Ware and a couple others…about an hour later Ms. Timmons called me to say that she appreciated everything that Y’all (being the CAC) did for Brick and was crying…neither one of us could speak very much so we ended the call, both very upset.

I get a call last night from Victoria (Ms. Timmons) and she said that Brick was alive…I said WHAT? She then told me that when Brick’s eyes were rolled back in his head with his mouth open and was lifeless…the Preacher came in (Hospice facility) and that they prayed…and she refused to leave until the Coroner got there and was done…about 30 minutes later she was sitting next to him with her eyes closed…exhausted after being up most of the past three days…and all of the sudden she heard “Mama, I’m Hungry”…her and the Hospice lady could not believe it and they hurried up and got him some chipped ice, as he had not eaten for almost 3 days…they wound up giving him some liquid food…she said that was the most he had eaten in almost two weeks at one time, although it took about 30 minutes for him to eat and be full…She said it is a “Miracle from God” and I believe her.

Got a call from Reggie B. fine early this morning to tell me the same story…this is amazing and as accurate as the words that I just said…don’t know what will happen from here as it is in God’s hands, but it’s nothing short of a miracle, as far as I am concerned…so happy that I may be able to see him this Wednesday on the way to Iowa…changing my ticket back again to go through Jackson, MS.

On my way to meet some people, but will see your responses when I get back tonight.

Thank you all and God Bless,

Brian”

Sadly, after living a further nine days after initial reports of his death, Brickhouse Brown passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and loved ones. In a Facebook post by Luke Graham, his family had this to say:

“Dear friends,

I received a call from Ms. Vicki this morning. No false finishes… no more swerves… no more kickouts.
After a hard fight… he has left us.
My heart is filled with sadness and joy…. since he is pain-free and in the presence of God… but I will miss him.
Please keep praying for his family.”

Our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones.

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