On 4 February in a Motel room in Baltimore was found dead, Brian Knighton, better known under the pseudonym Axl rotten, according to 24wrestling.com.
For 10 hours before the body was discovered, he wrote a last message in his microblog on Twitter.
In the early 1990s he played in the team of the Bad Breed together with Ian Rotten (John Williams Benson). In 1991 he began performing in World Championship Wrestling.
During performances in the WCW Axl rotten became friends with Paul Dangerously, the future owner of Extreme Championship Wrestling. In this organization Axl rotten acted in 1993-99, and became a legend.
Then he competed in independent promotions.
Axl rotten played a small role without words in the detective series «Homicide».
In recent years Brian Knighton moved around in a wheelchair because of back problems. He lived in Anchorage Rehab Center in Salisbury, Maryland.