Professional wrestling fans were left in mourning this week to learn that WWE superstar Bray Wyatt passed away at the age of 36.
Yahoo! Sports reported that Wyatt, who was born Windham Rotunda, suffered a fatal heart attack on Thursday. He is said to have had pre-existing health problems which were "exacerbated" by a recent case of COVID-19.
Yahoo! Sports noted that Wyatt came from a wrestling family and began his career in Florida Championship Wrestling under the name "Husky Harris."
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…
— Triple H (@TripleH) August 24, 2023
Tributes to Wyatt quickly appeared on social media, including from his former employer, which extended its "condolences to Rotunda’s family, friends and fans."
WWE is saddened to learn that Windham Rotunda, also known as Bray Wyatt, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 24, at age 36.
WWE extends its condolences to Rotunda’s family, friends and fans. pic.twitter.com/pabVuaKlnP
— WWE (@WWE) August 24, 2023
The following day, WWE also put out footage featuring other wrestlers sharing their memories of Wyatt.
Superstars who spent time with Bray Wyatt in Florida Championship Wrestling recall how The Eater of Worlds grabbed people’s attention from the very start of his career. pic.twitter.com/OKmUPUy2Pa
— WWE (@WWE) August 26, 2023
Wrestling podcast host Joey Karni tweeted out footage of wrestlers Braun Strowman, Karrion Kross, and Shotzi getting tattoos in honor of Wyatt.
Some WWE Superstars including Braun Strowman, Karrion Kross, & Shotzi all got Bray Wyatt tattoos last night. Beautiful tribute pic.twitter.com/qcLjaOMVDg
— Joey Karni from The Angle Podcast (@theangleradio) August 26, 2023
The Twitter account Wrestle Ops posted footage of professional wrestler and rock musician Chris Jericho remembering Wyatt at a concert.
Chris Jericho & people in attendance at the Fozzy concert tonight payed tribute to Bray Wyatt.
Chants for Bray & then they sing “He’s got the whole world in his hands.”
Beautiful. Class act.
via WrestlingContentUK pic.twitter.com/4EwJ2DL54s
— Wrestle Ops (@WrestleOps) August 25, 2023
Meanwhile, fellow professional wrestler Jessi Davin tweeted out a clip of Wyatt appearing on the weather report of a local news station.
Bray Wyatt doing the weather forecast is always a joyful highlight for me ❤️ pic.twitter.com/wz1tOveowe
— THE™ Jessi Davin (@jessithebuckeye) August 25, 2023