World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star Bray Wyatt died on Thursday, the chief content officer of the company Paul “Triple H” Levesque announced on social media. He was 36.
According to TMZ, Mr Wyatt died of heart attack.
Paul Levesque posted on X (formerly known as Twitter) a few hours ago: “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.”
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
According to ESPN, Mr Wyatt, whose real name was Windham Rotunda, had been inactive over the past several months in WWE while dealing with an undisclosed health issue. He had been with WWE since 2009, save for just over a year in 2021 and 2022, when he was surprisingly released. Rotunda returned to WWE last September with much fanfare and a mysterious storyline, including cryptic vignettes, which helped boost television ratings.
According to TMZ, Mr Wyatt was a three-time world champion in WWE, including the WWE Championship once and the Universal Championship twice. He took a brief break from August 2018 to April 2019 and returned with a new character, The Fiend.
Mr Wyatt came from a long line of wrestlers. His father was Hall of Famer Mike Rotunda. His grandfather, Blackjack Mulligan, left his mark as a professional wrestler, and continuing the tradition, his uncles, Barry and Kendall Windham, also pursued careers in the wrestling world, according to the news outlet.