Bray Wyatt, real name Windham Rotunda, has died aged 36; Wyatt was a three-time World Champion and a two-time WWE Tag Team Champion; he had not wrestled since January for undisclosed medical reasons
Last update: 25/08/23 11:18
WWE wrestler Bray Wyatt has died aged 36.
Wyatt, real name Windham Rotunda, had not competed since January for undisclosed health reasons.
His death was confirmed by WWE Chief Content Officer Paul Levesque, aka Triple H, on social media.
Lévesque wrote about Xformerly known as Twitter“I have just received a call from WWE Hall of Famer Mike Rotunda who informed us of the tragic news that Lifetime Member of our WWE Family Windham Rotunda – also known as Bray Wyatt – has passed away unexpectedly. earlier today. Our thoughts are with his family and we ask that everyone respect their privacy at this time.”
Wrestling reporter Sean Ross Sapp later said that Wyatt died of a heart attack and that contracting Covid-19 exacerbated an existing heart condition.
Wyatt joined WWE’s developmental program in 2009 and remained with the company until his death, except for a one-year period between July 2021 and September 2022.
Wyatt was considered one of the most gifted performers on the mic, with an incarnation of his character, a villainous cult leader who led a group called The Wyatt Family.
In the ring, he was a three-time world champion and a two-time tag team champion.
He came from a family of wrestlers, with his grandfather Blackjack Mulligan, father Mike Rotunda and younger brother Bo Dallas all competing.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was one of those who paid tribute to Wyatt, writing on X“I have always had immense respect and love for him and the Rotunda family.
“I loved his presence, his promos, his in-ring work and his connection to the WWE Universe. A very unique, cool and rare character that is hard to come up with in our crazy world of pro wrestling.”