In Memoriam: Fallen Stars of 2023
The wrestling world is in mourning.
Bray Wyatt—whose actual title is Windham Rotunda—died “unexpectedly” on Aug. 24, in line with WWE chief content material officer Paul “Triple H” Levesque. He was 36.
In a message on X, the social media platform previously referred to as Twitter, Triple H stated he was knowledgeable of the loss by Bray’s father, wrestling icon and WWE Corridor of Famer Mike Rotunda. “Our ideas are along with his household,” Triple H tweeted, “and we ask that everybody respect their privateness at the moment.”
A reason for loss of life was not given.
WWE additionally confirmed Bray’s loss of life in a separate statement, saying that the group is “saddened” his passing and “extends its condolences to Rotunda’s household, mates and followers.”
Bray got here from a household of wrestlers. Along with his dad, Bray’s maternal grandfather was the late Blackjack Mulligan—who was indicted into the WWE Corridor of Fame in 2006—whereas his uncles Kendall Windham and Barry Windham wrestled for the World Championship Wrestling (WCW). His youthful brother Taylor Rotunda can be knowledgeable wrestler, performing underneath the stage title Bo Dallas.
Bray kick-started his WWE profession in 2009, most notably as a member of The Nexus. All through his profession with the group, he took dwelling three world championships, together with the WWE Championship and Common Championship.
His loss of life comes a bit of over a 12 months after getting engaged to fellow wrestler JoJo (a.okay.a. Joseann Offerman), with whom he shares daughters Knash, 4, and Hyrie, 3. Within the wake of Bray’s loss of life, many from the wrestling group took to social media to pay tribute.
“Im heartbroken over the information of Bray Wyatt’s passing. All the time had great respect and love for him and the Rotunda household,” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wrote on X. “Beloved his presence, promos, in ring work and reference to @wwe
universe. Very distinctive, cool and uncommon character, which is difficult to create in our loopy world of professional wrestling.”
In the meantime, Dana Brooke tweeted, “I am in a lack of phrases … my coronary heart aches for Windham’s household…. RIP Bray!!!”
Added Alexa Bliss, “Simply in shock. Actually puzzled in the intervening time.”
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