Bray Wyatt, a professional wrestler and superstar with World Wrestling Entertainment, has passed away. He was 36.
WWE executive Triple H announced the death of Wyatt, whose real name was Windham Rotunda, on X (formerly known as Twitter) on Thursday. “Just received a call from WWE Hall of Famer Mike Rotunda informing us of the tragic news that our WWE lifelong relative Windham Rotunda – aka Bray Wyatt – passed away unexpectedly earlier today,” He wrote. “Our thoughts are with his family and we ask everyone to respect their privacy at this time.”
His cause of death is not yet known.
Wyatt, who came from a long line of wrestlers in his family, including his father, Hall of Famer Mike Rotunda, initially joined the WWE main roster in 2010 under the ring name Husky Harris. He left a year later, but returned in 2013 as the leader of The Wyatt Family.
He took a short break in August 2018, but returned the following year with a new character: a combination of Bray Wyatt and his other persona, The Fiend.
During his time in WWE, he was a three-time World Champion, including one WWE Championship and two Universal Championships.
Before joining one of the world’s best-known professional wrestling promotions, Wyatt wrestled under the name Alex Rotundo in Florida Championship Wrestling.
Dwayne Johnson too went to social media to pay tribute to Wyatt by writing, “I am heartbroken by the news of Bray Wyatt’s passing. Always had tremendous respect and love for him and the Rotunda family. I loved his presence, promos, in ring work and connection to the @wwe universe. Very unique, cool and rare character, which is hard to create in our crazy world of professional wrestling.
The actor continued, “I am still processing the loss of the goat, Terry Funk yesterday and now Bray today. My love, light, strength and mana to the Rotunda and Funk family during this difficult, heartbreaking time. As always: ‘thanks for the house.’”