He had the whole world in his hands.
WWE wrestler Bray Wyatt has passed away. The beloved wrestler, known for his role as the leader of the Wyatt family and The Fiend, died at the age of 36 after suffering a heart attack.
The death of Wyatt, whose real name was Windham Rotunda, was announced yesterday by WWE chief content officer and former WWE superstar Paul “Triple H” Levesque on his official Twitter account.
Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful Select revealed on Twitter that the reason Wyatt was sidelined was due to his contracting covid, which reportedly exacerbated his heart issues.
“There was a lot of positive progress towards a return and his recovery,” Ross Sapp tweeted. “Unfortunately today he suffered a heart attack and passed away.”
man i forget how cool bray wyatt was capable of being pic.twitter.com/RmGgI3Td7d
— forever botchamania (@Maffewgregg) August 24, 2023
The third-generation wrestler first debuted in WWE in 2010 as Husky Harris before being repackaged as the cultist leader of the Wyatt Family in 2013 alongside Erick Rowan and the late Luke Harper. Wyatt would later headline Wrestlemania in a match against The Undertaker, win the WWE tag team championships, and become the WWE World Heavyweight and Universal Champion. Toward the end of his career, Wyatt took the WWE universe by storm with the debut of his new character, The Fiend: an amalgamation of a Blue’s Clues-esque TV host and a Freddy Krueger-like horror villain.
WWE superstars John Cena, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Alexa Bliss, as well as AEW superstars like Wyatt’s former tag team partner Matt Hardy, shared their heartbreak over Wyatt’s passing on social media.
Devastated by the news of the passing of Windham Rotunda. My heart goes out to the entire Rotunda family. Windham brought the best out of me in so many ways. I’m forever grateful for the moments we shared. A sad day for all those he reached around the world. RIP.
— John Cena (@JohnCena) August 25, 2023
Im heartbroken over the news of Bray Wyatt’s passing. Always had tremendous respect and love for him and the Rotunda family. Loved his presence, promos, in ring work and connection with @wwe universe.
Very unique, cool and rare character, which is hard to create in our crazy… pic.twitter.com/i9zlbJIOL3
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 24, 2023
I’m just in shock. Extremely heart broken And at a loss for words. What I can say is what an amazing human being Windham is. An Amazing & kind friend. one of the most creative minds to ever walk this earth. Windham, you’ve brought so much joy and happiness to everyone around you.… pic.twitter.com/QELzyKKkNI
— Lexi (Kaufman) Cabrera (@AlexaBliss_WWE) August 24, 2023
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… pic.twitter.com/gSuDQ1Z12I
— Mick Foley (@foleyispod) August 25, 2023
Man…the first dude that took me under his wing when I got signed in 2009. We spent so much of our adult lives together. Praying for Jojo. Praying for his kids. I will miss your laugh & your boyish charm, my friend. Goodbye, Windham.
— Ettore “Big E” Ewen (@WWEBigE) August 24, 2023
Absolutely shattered to learn that my friend, Windham Rotunda, has passed away. It’s devastating to think he left us at only 36 years young. My condolences go out to his family, wife & children. I’m so sorry, my compeer. Miss you already. pic.twitter.com/AVNuOTjdsx
— MATT HARDY (@MATTHARDYBRAND) August 24, 2023
Wyatt was the type of wrestler who could have an audience hanging on the edge of their seats, whether it be from the awesome pageantry of his ever-creative Firefly Funhouse segments, his otherworldly entrances, or his explosive in-ring moves. Wyatt’s notoriety within the world of professional wrestling eventually led to a touching moment where The Undertaker passed the torch to Wyatt as the company’s next phenom. Wyatt’s passing also comes days after the passing of WWE Hall-of-Famer Terry Funk.
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