Renowned for pushing the boundaries of wrestling entertainment with his inventive characters, Bray Wyatt, the creative wrestling luminary, has sadly left us at the age of 36. The somber news was shared by WWE chief content officer Triple H through a heartfelt social media post.
Triple H disclosed, “I was just informed by WWE Hall of Famer Mike Rotunda that our cherished WWE family member for life, Windham Rotunda – also recognized as Bray Wyatt – has sadly passed away earlier today. Our heartfelt sympathies are with his family, and we kindly request that everyone honors their privacy during this difficult period,” as shared on X, formerly known as Twitter.
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
The announcement of his untimely passing was made by WWE today. Windham Rotunda, his birth name, bid farewell at the age of 36.
While the WWE website referred to his passing as “unexpected,” the article refrained from specifying the cause of death. Nevertheless, a reporter has suggested that Wyatt suffered a heart attack. Noted as “The Fiend” and a former WWE champion in 2017, Wyatt made an indelible impact with captivating performances and a commanding presence in the ring. His final appearance took place at the 2023 Royal Rumble.
“WWE mourns the loss of Windham Rotunda, known as Bray Wyatt, who passed away on Thursday, Aug. 24, at the age of 36,” expressed WWE. “Our heartfelt sympathies extend to Rotunda’s family, friends, and fans.”
Emerging from a family with deep-rooted wrestling ties, Wyatt was the offspring of Mike and Stephanie Rotunda. His grandfather, Robert Deroy Windham, famously known as Blackjack Mulligan, along with his father and two uncles (Barry and Kendall Windham), all contributed to WWE at different times. Notably, Wyatt’s grandfather also had a stint in college football and briefly engaged with the New York Jets during preseason.
In response to the somber news, Dwayne Johnson, also known as the Rock, shared, “I’m heartbroken over the news of Bray Wyatt’s passing. I’ve always held immense respect and affection for him and the Rotunda family. Admired his presence, promos, in-ring prowess, and connection with the WWE universe. A very unique, cool, and rare character – a challenge to create in our vibrant world of pro wrestling. Still coming to terms with losing the legend, Terry Funk, yesterday, and now Bray today. My love, light, strength, and mana to the Rotunda family and the Funk family during this difficult, heartrending period. As always, ‘thank you for the House.”
WWE is saddened to learn that Windham Rotunda, also known as Bray Wyatt, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 24, at age 36.— WWE (@WWE) August 24, 2023
WWE extends its condolences to Rotunda’s family, friends and fans. pic.twitter.com/pabVuaKlnP
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.— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 24, 2023
Very unique, cool and rare character, which is hard to create in our crazy… pic.twitter.com/i9zlbJIOL3