According to the organization, the 36-year-old WWE superstar Bray Wyatt, whose actual name was Windham Rotunda, passed away on Thursday. Windham Rotunda, also known as Bray Wyatt, passed suddenly on Thursday, August 24, at 36, according to a statement from WWE.
The information continued, “Known for his electrifying performances and outstanding in-ring presence, Wyatt was a defining Superstar of his generation and achieved many feats in WWE, including winning the WWE Championship in 2017”.
Rotunda’s passing was also announced by WWE Chief Content Officer Paul “Triple H” Levesque on X, formerly known as Twitter. “I just got a call from WWE Hall of Famer Mike Rotunda, who broke the heartbreaking news that Windham Rotunda, also known as Bray Wyatt, passed away abruptly earlier today. We urge that everyone respect his family’s privacy as our thoughts are with them, added Levesque.
The cause of death wasn’t disclosed right away. At the prestigious Royal Rumble event in January, Rotunda faced up against rising WWE talent LA Knight in what was billed as the first-ever “Mountain Dew Pitch Black Match.”
Since then, Rotunda has stopped touring owing to health problems. On social media, tributes to Rotunda started to flow in right away from his coworkers and friends. “I’m devastated to learn of Bray Wyatt’s passing.
He and the Rotunda family have my undying respect and love. Loved his presence, promotional material, in-ring work, and connection to the @wwe universe,” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson said on X. It is a rare, calm, and distinctive character that is challenging to develop in this wild pro wrestling industry. I still absorb Terry Funk yesterday and Bray today after losing the goat. I send the Rotunda and Funk families my love, light, strength, and mana during this terrible time.
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Alexis Cabrera, better known by her stage name Alexis Bliss, who shared the stage with Rotunda when he was playing The Fiend, expressed shock at the news of his passing. I’m just stunned. t this moment, I’m really at a loss for words,” she wrote on social media. In 2010, under the guise of Husky Harris, Rotunda began his professional wrestling career with the WWE through their developing division NXT; as the cult leader Bray Wyatt of the Wyatt Family faction, including Luke Harper,
Erick Rowan and Braun Strowman transitioned to the main roster in 2014. WWE was regarded as one of the premiere talkers of his generation, tantalizing the crowds with the catchphrase “follow the buzzards” and often singing “he’s got the whole world in his hands.” Rotunda won numerous titles while he was a member of the WWE, including the WWE Championship and WWE Universal Championship.
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Rotunda left th company in July 2021 but made a widely publicized comeback in October 2022. He took on the persona of The Fiend, a demonic figure who dressed like Mr. Rogers in a Firefly Funhouse filled with psychotic puppets. As a third-generation wrestler, Rotunda was descended from WWE Hall of Famer Mike Rotunda, who wrestled for the company as IRS.
Blackjack Mulligan was R tunda’s paternal grandfather, and Barry and Kendall Windham were his uncles. Alongside him onstage was Taylor Michael Rotunda, better known as Bo Dallas in the music industry. His partner, former WWE RNG announcer JoJo Offerman, and their two kids are Rotunda’s only survivors. In addition, Rotunda had two additional kids from a prior union.