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WWE and fans mourn the loss of Bray Wyatt

Windham Rotunda aka Bray Wyatt was one of the most beloved characters in sports entertainment. Today the world got the unfortunate news of his passing at the age of 36. Paul Levesque posted on Twitter/X moments ago: “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.”

Rotunda was a third-generation wrestler, the son of Mike Rotunda and grandson of Blackjack Mulligan. Wyatt had a deep family lineage in wrestling. His uncle Barry Windham was one of the most highly regarded wrestlers of the 1980s and early 1990s and a former member of the prestigious Four Horsemen stable. Wyatt’s younger brother Taylor aka Bo Dallas also wrestled in the WWE. Rotunda was best known as the leader of the Wyatt Family faction and the creative mind behind The Firefly Funhouse with the alter-ego Fiend persona. Rotunda married former WWE ring announcer JoJo Offerman. They had two children and Rotunda had two other children from a previous marriage. He was a two-time former WWE Universal champion and former WWE champion.

In wrestling circles Wyatt or Rotunda was a rockstar; he was best known as a storyteller. He started using the catchphrase "follow the buzzards'' and the song lyrics "he's got the whole world in his hands." During his entrance, with the arena in darkness before he appeared holding a lantern, fans would hold up their cell phone lights as his eerie music played. The Wyatt family was a beloved stable. In 2020, Rotunda’s stablemate Brodie Lee better known as Luke Harper passed away.

Rotunda returned to WWE last year after being released in 2021. His character arc was that of a good-guy character who was haunted by past demons like The Fiend and Uncle Howdy. The storyline was still developing in February when Rotunda disappeared from television due to health issues. Missing this year's Wrestlemania. According to Sean Ross Sapp of, Rotunda got COVID that exacerbated a heart issue. There was a lot of positive progress and even recent rumors of his return. Today he suffered a heart attack and passed away.

This sad news has shaken the sports entertainment world to its core but his lasting memories and impact will forever be a part of us RIP Bray Wyatt.

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