World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star Windham Rotunda, famously known as Bray Wyatt, passed away on Friday.
The cause of the wrestler’s death, who was aged 36, is currently unknown.
“WWE is saddened to learn that Windham Rotunda, also known as Bray Wyatt, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 24, at age 36,” WWE said in a statement.
“Known for his captivating performances and incredible in-ring presence, Wyatt was a defining Superstar of his generation and accomplished many feats in WWE, including becoming WWE Champion in 2017.
“From his leadership of The Wyatt Family alongside Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, and Braun Strowman to his enthralling time as “The Fiend,” Wyatt embarked on an incredible career and saw several iconic rivalries with Superstars such as John Cena, Randy Orton and The Undertaker.
“WWE extends its condolences to Rotunda’s family, friends and fans.”
Despite a high-profile feud with Bobby Lashley, Wyatt didn’t participate in WrestleMania 39, due to an undisclosed illness, and was removed from television weeks before the event.
However, earlier in August, it was reported that Wyatt could make a comeback soon as he was on track to recovery.
Wyatt’s last fight was in January, when he defeated LA Knight in a Mountain Dew Pitch Black Match at the Royal Rumble.
WWE Chief Content Officer Paul “Triple H” Levesque urged everyone to respect the deceased family’s privacy at this difficult hour.
“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,” Triple H wrote in a post on X (formerly known as Twitter).
Wyatt held WWE’s top singles and tag team titles over the course of his illustrious career.