Professional Wrestler Dead at Just 36

Professional Wrestler Dead at Just 36

( – On August 24, the World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE’s) Chief Content Officer Paul Levesque, better known as Triple H, posted a statement announcing the death of Windham Rotunda, aka Bray Wyatt. The longtime WWE wrestler died earlier that day at 36. Triple H said the WWE’s thoughts were with Rotunda’s family and asked for everyone to respect their privacy.

Roughly an hour and a half later, Wrestling reporter Sean Ross Sapp posted a statement on social media confirming that Rotunda died of a heart attack. He said he obtained permission to advise the public that the wrestler contracted a respiratory illness earlier this year that worsened pre-existing heart conditions.

The WWE posted a brief statement on its website, calling Rotunda a “defining Superstar of his generation.” The notice also spoke of the wrestler’s “incredible” presence and “captivating performances.” The WWE also tipped its hat to Rotunda’s reign as 2017 WWE Champion and extended its condolences to his family, friends, and fans worldwide.

Rotunda wrestled for the WWE from 2010 to 2021 and again from 2022 until his passing. He was a third-generational pro wrestler. Other family members participating in the sport included his grandfather, Blackjack Mulligan; father, Mike Rotunda; two uncles, Kendall and Barry Windham; and brother, Taylor Rotunda (aka Bo Dallas).

Tributes to the fallen wrestler flooded social media sites. For instance, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson posted a tweet confirming that he “always had a tremendous respect and love” for Rotuna and his family. He praised the wrestler’s “unique, cool and rare character” and extended his “love… & mana” to Rotunda’s family.

Actor and professional wrestler John Cena posted a statement on his Twitter account expressing his devastation at the news of Rotunda’s death. He wrote that he would be “forever grateful” for their shared time, saying that Rotunda “brought the best out of me.”

Richard Morgan Fliehr, best known by his professional name Ric Flair, posted a tweet acknowledging Rotunda’s passing and the recent death of former wrestler Terry Funk at 79. He wrote that losing two great friends, one his son’s age, made him pause to reflect on life.

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