Another athlete has passed away far too soon out of nowhere, bringing shock and sadness to fans and fellow athletes alike.
Bray Wyatt, a star professional wrestler in the WWE, died unexpectedly on Thursday. Paul “Triple H” Levesque, the head of creative for the WWE announced the sad news Thursday on X (formerly 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 privacy at this time.
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 New York Post notes that Wyatt held the WWE championship once and the promotion’s Universal championship twice. He was also part of two tag-team championship teams.
Wyatt’s cause of death is unknown at this time. The Post reported that Wyatt had been battling an unnamed “life-threatening illness” earlier this year but was approaching a return to the WWE. No autopsy has been scheduled as of this writing.
Fans and fellow wrestlers were shocked to learn of Wyatt’s passing.
All my years of being a fan of wrestling of 40 years & podcasting for over 11 years, no death has rocked & shocked me like Bray Wyatt. As a community heard of his struggles but obviously there was more to the story. Condolences to his friends, family & colleagues. #RIPBrayWyattpic.twitter.com/wqeTXSpzPf
— Lee Sanders (@TheRCWRShow) August 24, 2023
So shocked and saddened to hear of Bray Wyatt’s passing. This is so hard to process and I am just speechless. Sending my condolences to his family and friends during this difficult and heartbreaking time. #RIPBrayWyatt#BrayWyatt#WWE#WindhamRotundapic.twitter.com/bCATz4rlNJ
— Lisa Marie Varon (@REALLiSAMARiE) August 24, 2023
A great man. A great father. A great friend. A great performer. A great storyteller. There will never be another mind like Windham Rotunda.
Thank you Windham, for giving us Bray Wyatt and sharing your gift with the world. You’ll truly be missed. I’m shocked
RIP Bray Wyatt