WWE star Bray Wyatt dies at 36 after battling a ‘life threatening’ illness – two weeks after being medically cleared to compete again – as wrestling legend Triple H announces tragic news
WWE superstar Bray Wyatt has died at the age of 36 after suffering a heart attack.
Wyatt’s death was announced in a tweet by WWE Chief Content Officer Triple H who said: ‘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.’
The three-time WWE world champion had not competed since his win over LA Knight in a Mountain Dew Pitch Black Match at the Royal Rumble back in January.
Reports had stated he was nearing a return after recently being cleared to return to the ring.
WWE superstar Bray Wyatt has died at age 36 after battling a ‘life threatening illness’
Wyatt, had not been seen in WWE since the Royal Rumble in January in a match vs LA Knight
Wyatt (center) saw his rise to stardom while leading the ‘Wyatt Family’ with fellow superstars Braun Strowman (left), Erick Rowan (right), and Luke Harper (not pictured)
Although he had been medically cleared to wrestle again, WWE had been taking precautions to ensure his long-term health will be stable following the illness, which was believed to have been both career and life-threatening.
According to the report, the Florida-born star’s outlook had improved significantly, and the company was mapping out creative plans for the former WWE champion.
September had been pinpointed for a potential return, however nothing was set in stone officially.
Before taking time away to deal with his health Wyatt and the newest integration of his character known as ‘the fiend’ had been planned for a stable that included the mysterious ‘Uncle Howdy’ who was rumored to be his real-life brother and fellow sports entertainer Bo Dallas, along with Alexa Bliss, Eric Young, and perhaps other wrestlers.
Bliss has since gone on maternity leave while Young departed the company after not wishing to work under Vince McMahon.
Wyatt is survived by his ex-wife Samantha Rotunda and their two daughters, as well as his fiancé WWE ring announcer JoJo and their two children.
Shortly after the news of Wyatt’s passing tributes started to pour in from some of the biggest names in the wrestling world.
Wyatt’s death was announced by WWE COO and legend Triple H Wednesday afternoon
Tributes from all corners of the wrestling world quickly began to pour in after the news broke
‘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,’ tweeted tag team legend Matt Hardy. Hardy once held tag team gold with Wyatt.
WWE legend turned Hollywood film star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson tweeted out: ‘
‘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 world of pro wrestling. Still processing losing the goat, Terry Funk yesterday and now Bray today.’
My love, light, strength & mana to the Rotunda family and Funk family during this tough, heartbreaking time.
As always, ‘thank you for the house’ #ohana
Wyatt grew to popularity in WWE while performing his ‘Eater of Worlds’ gimmick and being the head of a stable known as the ‘Wyatt family,’ that featured fellow stars Erick Rowan, Luke Harper -also known as Brodie Lee during his time in All Elite Wrestling-, and Braun Strowman.
Harper [Lee] died back in December of 2020 due to an undisclosed lung illness.
Harper’s wife Amanda Huber tweeted ‘I have no words. I’m devasted.’
Wyatt’s unexpected passing is not the only one to rock the wrestling world of late as WWE hall of famer Terry Funk died at age 79 on Wednesday.