Wrestling star Bray Wyatt has died at the age of 36, a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) executive announced on Thursday.
Wyatt, whose real name was Windham Rotunda, “passed away unexpectedly today,” former wrestler and current WWE Manager Paul Levesque, better known by his stage name Triple H, announced on Twitter. He said he got the message from Wyatt’s father, former wrestler Mike Rotunda.
“Our thoughts are with his family and we ask everyone to respect their privacy at this time,” Triple H said.
Wyatt first entered the world of professional wrestling in 2009 under the stage names Alex Rotundo and Duke Rotundo. He changed his name to Wyatt in 2012 when he started The Wyatt Family, a wrestling stable that consisted of himself and two other wrestlers. The group went through various iterations before disbanding in 2017.
WWE released Wyatt in 2021 before retrieving him last fall when he unveiled a new gimmick as a controversial, multi-personality character. His alternate role, The Fiend, was a creepy monster clown.
But earlier that year, Wyatt disappeared from WWE games and public life. allegedly due to a “life-threatening” illness.
However, no cause of death was announced.
Wyatt comes from a large wrestling family. In addition to his father, his grandfather, two of his uncles and his younger brother are also part of the WWE world.