WWE Champion Bray Wyatt’s Sudden Death at 37 Shocked Fans
Bray Wyatt’s cause of death at the age of 37 shocked his friends and fans. WWE chief content officer Paul “Triple H” Levesque announced the devastating news on social media.
Levesque 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.”
Windham Lawrence Rotunda was born on May 23, 1987, in Brooksville, Florida, United States. He was well known for his tenures in WWE from 2010-2021, and then again from 2022 until his passing in 2023, where he performed under the ring name Bray Wyatt.
A third-generation wrestler, Bray joined WWE’s developmental brand NXT in 2010 under the name Husky Harris. Wyatt went on to be part of the Nexus faction that feuded with John Cena.
But he rose to stardom as the leader of the Wyatt Family, a cult-like group with sinister ideologies that featured Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. Years later, the group added Braun Strowman.
After the Wyatt Family broke up, Bray debuted the Firefly Fun House, which were a series of clips aired in a children’s style program with Bray portraying a fun character with some diabolical moments sprinkled in.
Soon, the evil would take over Bray, and in the ring, he debuted “The Fiend,” wearing a demon-like mask with red eyes.
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Details of Bray Wyatt’s Cause of Death Released
Bray Wyatt’s cause of death is related to a heart attack which was a consequence of other heart issues “exacerbated” by a bout with COVID-19.
Wyatt teamed up with Alexa Bliss during this time. He won the Universal Championship at SummerSlam 2020 and is the last person to hold the title before current champion Roman Reigns.
After some time away following WrestleMania 37, There were rumors that Wyatt was making a comeback in 2022 through quick messages displayed during WWE programming.
At the end of Extreme Rules that October, he made his thunderous return to WWE. Wyatt defeated LA Knight at Royal Rumble in a wild “Pitch Black match.”
That would be the last match he would be in, as he would leave on-air shows as he dealt with a reported injury. In his more than ten years in WWE, Wyatt was a WWE champion, two-time WWE Universal champion and Raw Tag Team Champion with Matt Hardy.
The legendary wrestler is survived by his wife, former ring announcer JoJo, his two daughters, and two sons.
Several current and former wrestling stars shared their shock over the news on social media and praised Wyatt for his career accomplishments and for being fun to work with.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson said he has had respect and love for Wyatt and his family, while also mourning the death of Terry Funk. The Rock and Wyatt had a segment together at WrestleMania 32 alongside John Cena.
“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,” he said.
Alexa Bliss said she was “extremely heartbroken” to learn of his death. “What I can say is what an amazing human being Windham is. Amazing friend & one of the most creative minds to ever walk this earth,” Bliss said.
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