Bray Wyatt, one of the most popular and creative wrestlers in WWE history, died unexpectedly on August 24, 2023, at the age of 36.
WWE is saddened to learn that Windham Rotunda, also known as Bray Wyatt, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 24, at age 36.— WWE (@WWE) August 24, 2023
WWE extends its condolences to Rotunda’s family, friends and fans. pic.twitter.com/pabVuaKlnP
Who was Bray Wyatt?
Bray Wyatt, whose real name was Windham Rotunda, was a professional wrestler who worked for WWE from 2009 to 2021. He was known for his unique and captivating character work, as well as his in-ring skills. He portrayed various personas, such as Husky Harris, Bray Wyatt, The Fiend, and The Eater of Worlds. He was the leader of a cult-like faction called The Wyatt Family, which included Erick Rowan, Luke Harper, Braun Strowman, and Randy Orton at different times. He also had a memorable partnership with Matt Hardy as The Deleters of Worlds.
Bray Wyatt’s Cause of Death?
According to Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful, Wyatt’s cause of death was a heart attack. Sapp reported that Wyatt had contracted COVID-19 earlier this year, which worsened his heart condition. He was making progress towards a return to wrestling, but he suffered a fatal cardiac arrest on August 24.
Wyatt’s death was announced by WWE executive Triple H on X (formerly Twitter). He 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.”
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Who are Bray Wyatt’s family members?
Bray Wyatt’s family members include his grandfather Blackjack Mulligan, his father Mike Rotunda, his brother Bo Dallas, his uncle Barry Windham, his ex-wife Samantha Rotunda, his fiancée JoJo Offerman, and his three children.
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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…— Triple H (@TripleH) August 24, 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.— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 24, 2023
Very unique, cool and rare character, which is hard to create in our crazy… pic.twitter.com/i9zlbJIOL3
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
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
The world lost a good one today. Bray Wyatt’s story telling ability along with his unique creativity in the ring was a force that kept your eyes glued to the television screen. Windham Rotunda’s fun-loving, free spirit paired with his infectious laugh is what I will truly miss… pic.twitter.com/tV3NJCeVpY— The Miz (@mikethemiz) August 25, 2023
I can’t believe I’m typing this. But RIP Windham. I knew you day 1 of moving to America, you were the biggest sweetheart and were loved by everyone who met you. I’m in shock.. sending all my love to the Rotunda family.— SARAYA (@Saraya) August 24, 2023
In FCW Windham gave me a list of movies & documentaries to watch & pitch from. He wanted me to be in the family. I think he believed in me more than I did in myself at that time. I learned so much from him creatively but he was just a good good human. ❤️💔 So smart.This is so sad— Summer Rae (@DanielleMoinet) August 24, 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