The world of professional wrestling mourns another tremendous loss following the passing of WWE Hall of Famer Terry Funk. On August 24, we said goodbye to Windham Rotunda, better known as Bray Wyatt, who was only 36 years old. The heartbreaking news was shared by ‘Triple H,’ the Chief Content Officer and a 14-Time World Champion, revealing that Wyatt had succumbed to a sudden heart attack.
In a heartfelt statement on social media, ‘Triple H’ conveyed, “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.”
WWE also expressed its sorrow, stating, “WWE is saddened to learn that Windham Rotunda, also known as Bray Wyatt, passed away on Thursday, August 24, at age 36. WWE extends its condolences to Rotunda’s family, friends, and fans.”
Dwayne Johnson, widely recognized as ‘The Rock,’ shared his deep sadness at Wyatt’s passing, emphasizing his respect and admiration for the Rotunda family. Johnson praised Wyatt’s captivating presence, exceptional promos, in-ring skills, and his unique connection with the WWE universe. He acknowledged the rarity of such a character in the world of professional wrestling, making it all the more devastating to lose Wyatt shortly after the legendary Terry Funk. Johnson sent his love, light, strength, and support to both the Rotunda and Funk families during this challenging time.
Bray Wyatt’s legacy is marked by his innovative contributions to professional wrestling, cementing his status as one of the most creative minds in the industry. As a third-generation wrestler, he followed in the footsteps of his family, including his father, Mike Rotunda, and grandfather, Robert Windham, known as ‘Blackjack Mulligan.’ The wrestling pedigree extended to his uncles, Barry and Kendall Windham, all of whom made their mark in WWE. Wyatt also had a brief stint on the Troy football team in 2007.
According to reports from The Sun, Wyatt was engaged to his fiancée, Joseann Offerman, also known as JoJo, and they shared two children.
Throughout his career, Bray Wyatt achieved greatness, becoming a WWE world champion three times, including a WWE Championship and two Universal Championships. Speculation about an injury had swirled around him, explaining his absence from TV screens since February 2023.