Former NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Barry Windham is currently in ICU after suffering a serious heart attack.
Windham’s niece Mika Rotunda – the daughter of former WWE star Mike Rotunda – made the Four Horseman’s condition public through a GoFundMe set up to cover the star’s medical bills. Mika Rotunda wrote:
“With deep sadness I regret to inform that my uncle, WWE Hall of Famer, Barry Windham suffered a massive heart attack Friday evening. While traveling through the Atlanta airport, his darkest fear became a horrific reality as he went into cardiac arrest. He is currently in the ICU and has undergone an emergency procedure to save his life. As a family, we are impatiently waiting to hear that he will be okay. But as of now, the future is uncertain.As is the future for many in his position. And for those who have formerly devoted their lives to their craft. Barry Windham, has an iconically, decorated resume as an American professional wrestler. He traveled all over the world for decades, entertaining people of all ages with his athleticism and undeniable charisma.After those countless years of wrestling matches, traveling and entertaining world wide, he experienced a number of taxing injuries and ended up undergoing multiple surgeries. That led to other health complications. Barry hung his boots for the last time in the early 2000’s. Since then he has been limited with work due to his medical history as well as left without health insurance.To face these times is one of great stress and hardship. As well as one that comes with extensive medical expenses he is taking on. That is overwhelming to say the least.We are politely asking for any increment of financial assistance to help cover his medical expenses and bills and see him through this time.”
Barry Windham was one of the leading stars of Jim Crockett Promotions in the late eighties and early nineties. He captured the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship for the only time in his career at SuperBrawl III in 1993 when he defeated The Great Muta.
Everyone at TJRWrestling sends their best wishes to Barry Windham and his family at this difficult time.