Former WWE champion Bray Wyatt passes away at 36 due to Cardiac Arrest. Photo credit: WWE. Image edited in Canva by CT Web Team.

Former WWE champion Bray Wyatt passes away at 36 due to Cardiac Arrest

WWE Bray Wyatt, who was known for his creative ideas in wrestling and brought unique characters to life, passed away on Thursday at the age of 36

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WWE superstar Bray Wyatt, who was known for his creative ideas in wrestling and brought unique characters to life, passed away on Thursday at the age of 36. The sad news was shared by WWE's chief content officer, Paul "Triple H" Levesque, on social media.

Bray Wyatt's real name was Windham Rotunda. He hadn't been active in WWE for a few months because he was dealing with a health problem that wasn't disclosed. He had been part of WWE since 2009, except for a short period in 2021 and 2022 when he was unexpectedly let go. He made a comeback in September of the previous year, creating excitement among fans with a mysterious storyline and cryptic videos that also helped increase TV viewership.

In January, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, the captivating sight of Bray Wyatt making his entrance into the arena added an electrifying moment to WWE's 2023 Royal Rumble event. Photo credit: Alex Bierens De Haan/Getty Images

Paul Levesque, also known as Triple H, received a call from WWE Hall of Famer Mike Rotunda, who shared the sad news that Windham Rotunda, whom we know as Bray Wyatt, had passed away unexpectedly. Levesque asked everyone to respect the family's privacy during this difficult time.

Windham Rotunda came from a family with a strong wrestling background. His father, Mike, was known in WWE as Irwin R. Schyster, and his uncle Barry Windham was a respected wrestler in the 1980s and early 1990s. Rotunda's brother, Taylor, also wrestled in WWE under the name Bo Dallas.

Former WWE champion Bray Wyatt passes away at 36 due to Cardiac Arrest. Photo credit: Getty Images

Windham Rotunda was married to JoJo Offerman, a former WWE ring announcer. They had two kids together, and he had two more from a previous marriage. He achieved great success in WWE, becoming a two-time WWE Universal Champion and a former WWE Champion.

At first, Rotunda played the character Husky Harris in WWE's developmental program. Later, he transformed into Bray Wyatt, a creepy cult leader from a swamp who had a captivating way of attracting followers. His popularity grew, and he, along with his Wyatt Family members, gained attention in WWE's developmental brand, NXT, before making their debut on the main WWE roster.

Rotunda was recognized for his storytelling skills on the microphone. He introduced phrases like "follow the buzzards" and sang the lyrics "he's got the whole world in his hands." During his entrances, the arena would go dark, and fans would illuminate it with their cellphones as his eerie music played.

In 2019, Rotunda reinvented himself as The Fiend, a supernatural character with a horrifying clown-like mask. He continued appearing as Bray Wyatt in family-friendly skits called Firefly Funhouse, while The Fiend wrestled as his darker persona. These creative ideas mostly came from Rotunda himself. Although The Fiend's unbeatable nature in the ring sparked debates, it brought innovation to WWE's programming.

After being released in 2021, Rotunda returned to WWE the following year as a changed version of Bray Wyatt, struggling with his past and the presence of The Fiend and Uncle Howdy. Unfortunately, the storyline was cut short in February when Rotunda had to step away due to health concerns.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson also expressed his respect and fondness for Bray Wyatt, acknowledging his impact on WWE with his unique character and connection with the audience. Wyatt's creative contributions left a mark on the world of professional wrestling.

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