A very heartbreaking news for us, Our WWE star “Bray Wyatt”, one of the most creative minds in the professional wrestling world, known for pushing boundaries with innovative characters, passed away on Thursday at the age of 36, as announced by WWE’s Chief Content Officer, Paul “Triple H” Levesque, on social media.
“Triple H”, whose real name is “Paul Levesque”, said that he received the news of Bray Wyatt’s death from his father.
Three-time WWE World Champion, Bray Wyatt, aged just 36, has left us. While WWE did not immediately disclose the cause of death, they mentioned that it was unexpected.
Wyatt, who was actually named “Windham Rotunda“, hadn’t been appearing in WWE for a few months because of a health problem that wasn’t publicly shared.
He came from a family of wrestlers, Wyatt was a part of the legendary Rotunda wrestling lineage, which included his grandfather, Blackjack Mulligan, his father, Mike Rotunda, and his younger brother, Bo Dallas.
Wyatt was well-known for being a unique variation of a wrestling figure. He was famously associated with the name ‘IRS’ due to his gimmick as a tax collector in Washington D.C., who would annoy wrestlers and fans alike.
He was born on May 23, 1987, in Brooksville, Florida, Wyatt was a high school state wrestling champion and had earned a football scholarship at Troy University.
The Wyatt Family member and the menacing personality known as “The Fiend” are just a couple of the identities that Bray Wyatt has performed during his career. He has also performed various number of roles and won the 2017 WWE Championship.
He had been with WWE since 2009, except for a year in 2021 and 2022 when he was surprisingly released. Television attendance increased in September due to Wyatt’s long-awaited return to WWE and its amazing story.
Actor and former wrestler Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson expressed his condolences on social media, saying, “I’m heartbroken over the news of Bray Wyatt’s passing. Always had tremendous respect and love for him and the Rotunda family.“
Wrestling reporter Sean Ross Sapp later mentioned that the 36-year-old athlete’s death was due to a heart issue, exacerbated by his existing heart conditions following his battle with COVID.”
He said, “There was a lot of positive progress towards a return and his recovery,” “Unfortunately today he suffered a heart attack and passed away.”
Wyatt is remembered by his fiancée and former WWE ring announcer, Joseann Offerman, along with their two children. He also leaves behind two children from a previous marriage, his brother Bo Dallas (also known as Taylor Rotunda), and his sister Mika.
Triple H wrote, “Just received a call from WWE Hall of Famer Mike Rotunda who informed us of the tragic news that our WWE family member for life Windham Rotunda – also known as Bray Wyatt – unexpectedly passed earlier today. Our thoughts are with his family and we ask that everyone respect their privacy at this time.”
Mick Foley wrote, “RIP BRAY WYATT. This is awful news, just terribly sad for his family, friends and fans. I thought so highly of Bray Wyatt and was so flattered when he started using the mandible claw for his finisher. He was a true visionary; one of the most compelling presences that wrestling has ever seen.”