WWE star Windham Rotunda, better known by his ring name Bray Wyatt, has died at age 36. Wyatt had been a part of the WWE ecosystem since joining its developmental program in 2009, eventually making his way to the main roster as Nexus member Husky Harris. After a short run on television, he would return to developmental, where he created the popular supernatural character Bray Wyatt, leader of The Wyatt Family stable.
Bray Wyatt found a great deal of success as leader of The Wyatt Family, which he initially formed with Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. Years after The Wyatt Family disbanded, Wyatt introduced The Fiend, an alter-ego that was presented as being virtually invincible and proved to be another big hit with WWE fans. Wyatt won multiple championships in WWE and was featured in high profile positions at various WrestleMania events. He was reportedly set to face Bobby Lashley at WrestleMania 39, but those plans were scrapped for undisclosed reasons. Wyatt has been absent from WWE television ever since.
On August 24, WWE COO Triple H took to Twitter to announce that Bray Wyatt had died at age 36. Triple H stated that he received a call from Wyatt’s father, Mike Rotunda, a WWE Hall of Famer who worked backstage at the company for years and may be better known to WWE fans by his on-screen persona IRS. Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp has since disclosed that earlier this year, Wyatt got COVID, which “exacerbated” unspecified “heart issues.” Wyatt was reportedly making “positive progress” towards recovery and a WWE return, until he unexpectedly suffered a heart attack.
Wyatt had two daughters with his ex-wife Samantha. He also had a son and another daughter with JoJo, a former WWE ring announcer. JoJo was Wyatt’s fiancé, with the couple becoming engaged in 2022.