WWE star Bray Wyatt dies at 36 after battling a ‘life threatening’ illness – two weeks after being medically cleared to compete again – as wrestling legend Triple H announces tragic news
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WWE superstar Bray Wyatt has died at the age of 36 after dealing with an undisclosed ‘life threatening illness.’
Wyatt’s death was announced in a tweet by WWE Chief Content Officer Triple H who said: ‘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.’
The three-time WWE 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 return after recently being cleared to return to the ring.
WWE superstar Bray Wyatt has died at age 36 after battling a ‘life threatening illness’
Wyatt, had not been seen in WWE since the Royal Rumble in January in a match vs LA Knight
Wyatt (center) saw his rise to stardom while leading the ‘Wyatt Family’ with fellow superstars Braun Strowman (left), Erick Rowan (right), and Luke Harper (not pictured)
Although he had been medically cleared to wrestle again, WWE had been taking precautions to ensure his long-term health will be stable following the illness, which was believed to have been both career and life-threatening.
According to the report, the Florida-born star’s outlook had improved significantly, and the company was mapping out creative plans for the former WWE champion.
September had been pinpointed for a potential return, however nothing was set in stone officially.
Before taking time away to deal with his health Wyatt and the newest integration of his character known as ‘the fiend’ had been planned for a stable that included the mysterious ‘Uncle Howdy’ who was rumored to be his real-life brother and fellow sports entertainer Bo Dallas, along with Alexa Bliss, Eric Young, and perhaps other wrestlers.
Bliss has since gone on maternity leave while Young departed the company after not wishing to work under Vince McMahon.
Wyatt grew to popularity in WWE while performing his ‘Eater of Worlds’ gimmick and being the head of a stable known as the ‘Wyatt family,’ that featured fellow stars Erick Rowan, Luke Harper -also known as Brodie Lee during his time in All Elite Wrestling-, and Braun Strowman.
Harper [Lee] died back in December of 2020 due to an undisclosed lung illness.
Wyatt’s unexpected passing is not the only one to rock the wrestling world of late as WWE hall of famer Terry Funk died at age 79 on Wednesday.