Bray Wyatt ‘brought the best out of me,’ John Cena writes after the WWE star, born as Windham Rotunda, died suddenly at 36: ‘I’m forever grateful for the moments we shared’
- WWE hall of famer and hardcore legend Terry Funk died at age 79 on Wednesday
- Wyatt had been recently cleared, medically, and was working towards his return
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John Cena is the latest wrestling legend to share his grief over the sudden death of Windham Rotunda, the 36-year-old WWE star known to fans as Bray Wyatt.
‘Devastated by the news of the passing of Windham Rotunda,’ Cena wrote on social media. ‘My heart goes out to the entire Rotunda family. Windham brought the best out of me in so many ways. I’m forever grateful for the moments we shared. A sad day for all those he reached around the world. RIP.’
Wyatt died Thursday, WWE announced. The three-time world champion had not competed since his win over LA Knight in a Mountain Dew Pitch Black Match at the Royal Rumble back in January. Reports had stated he was nearing a comeback after being cleared to return to the ring.
His death was described as unexpected, according to an article on the WWE website that did not mention a cause of death.
According to reports from Fightful.com, Wyatt passed away after suffering a heart attack, having battled with health problems brought on by Covid-19 earlier this year.
John Cena (right) is the latest wrestling legend to share his grief over the sudden death of Windham Rotunda (left), the 36-year-old WWE star known to fans as Bray Wyatt
Cena wrote on social media that Rotunda ‘brought the best out of me in so many ways’
Wrestling reporter Sean Ross Sapp posted on X: ‘I was given permission to reveal that earlier this year Windham Rotunda (Bray Wyatt) got COVID that exacerbated a heart issues. There was a lot of positive progress towards a return and his recovery.
‘Unfortunately today he suffered a heart attack and passed away.’
Wyatt, the 2017 WWE champion, was also known as ‘The Fiend.’
‘Known for his captivating performances and incredible in-ring presence, Wyatt was a defining superstar of his generation,’ WWE said.
Wyatt was the son of Mike and Stephanie Rotunda. He is survived by his ex-wife Samantha Rotunda and their two daughters, as well as his fiancé WWE ring announcer JoJo and their two children.
Wyatt’s grandfather Robert Deroy Windham (Blackjack Mulligan), father, and two of his uncles (Barry and Kendall Windham) all wrestled in WWE. His grandfather also played college football at UTEP and saw preseason action for the New York Jets.
The Florida native also redshirted on the Troy football team in 2007.
Cena was hardly the only wrestling personality to share their grief on social media.
WWE legend Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson tweeted: ‘I’m heartbroken over the news of Bray Wyatt’s passing. Always had tremendous respect and love for him and the Rotunda family. Loved his presence, promos, in ring work and connection with @wwe universe.’
Wyatt’s death came one day after former wrestler Terry Funk passed away at 79.