When it comes to professional wrestling, there are certain WWE legends who paved the way for current wrestling superstars like John Cena. One of those legends is the great Lex Luger aka Lawrence Wendell Pfohl.
Lex Luger witnessed his girlfriend Elizabeth Hulett overdose.
On April 19, 2003, a domestic disturbance call was made from Lex Luger’s mansion in Marietta, Georgia. Cobb County police arrived on the scene and found that Lex Luger’s girlfriend, Elizabeth Hewlett, had a bruise over her left eye and a bruise under it, a swollen right eye, a bump on her head and a split lip.
According to the police report, Elizabeth said their dog made the marks because she played too rough. Officers did not believe her story, however, and eventually arrested Luger for misdemeanor battery. He was later released on $2,500 bail.
On May 1, 2003, Elizabeth died in the townhouse she shared with Luger. According to Luger, Elizabeth drank two glasses of vodka, took medicine for her back pain, sat down on the couch and began choking on her food. Although Luger claims he tried to help her, she was pronounced D.O.A. at the hospital.
The Cobb County medical examiner ruled Elizabeth’s death an overdose.
Immediately after Elizabeth’s death, Cobb County authorities reported the discovery of 1,700 pills , leading to 14 drug charges against Luger, 13 of which were serious. Substances warranting felony charges included Xanax, OxyContin, anabolic steroids, testosterone, hydrocodone and several others.
Luger was arrested but released the next day on $25,000 bail. He later pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000, sentenced to five years probation and must undergo periodic drug tests. According to an autopsy report issued by the Cobb County Medical Examiner. Elizabeth died from a lethal combination of alcohol and prescription drugs. The coroner determined that her death was the result of an accident caused by the effects of several acutely toxic drugs.
Luger suffered nerve damage that resulted in temporary paralysis.
On October 19, 2007, Luger was flying into San Francisco when he began having trouble moving his neck. When he tried to correct his neck, it only seemed to make things worse. Luger suffered nerve damage in his neck, resulting in temporary paralysis. He was treated with IV antibiotics and was expected to make a full recovery.
After three years of rehabilitation and working on his body, Luger said his physical condition was improving. I’ve never been stronger, richer in spirit or more human than I am now,” he said. Atlanta Magazine in 2010.
Luger currently lives in Buffalo, N.Y., and works with youth organizations.
In 2020, Luger enjoys a simple life in Buffalo, N.Y., living with his mother. He spends most of his free time helping others in local schools and churches, sharing his experiences and hoping others can learn from them too.
One of the things I do is try to bring a positive message to local schools and tell my story. he told WWE.com . I also do a lot of faith-based speaking, sharing my story and testimony to help show what God has done in my life and what He can do in the lives of others.