More news continues to come in as the wrestling world continues to mourn the sudden death of Windham Rotunda, better known as Bray Wyatt.
It was only a few short hours ago that Triple H posted on Twitter/X that Wyatt passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at age 36. Most of the wrestling world is still in shock and tributes continue to pour in from both within the wrestling industry and outside it.
As many fans continue to offer their condolences, others have been looking for answers to slake their curiosity. After all, Wyatt had been in the news of late for more optimistic reasons.
Since July, there has been a constant stream of updates and stories about Bray Wyatt and his potential return. WWE were taking a cautious approach to his return, especially since whatever had sidelined him was being treated as a very big deal.
On August 10th, the latest update was a positive one, which suggested that Wyatt was approaching a return after being away from WWE for several months. This update was made all the more important when a later story emerged that he had been dealing with a career-and-life-threatening health situation.
Four days later, on August 14th, Wyatt’s father Mike Rotunda noted that he expected his son back in WWE very soon. Sadly, that prediction never came to pass.
Sean Ross Sapp posted on Twitter/X earlier and noted that he was given permission to disclose the cause of Bray Wyatt’s death. According to him, Bray Wyatt got COVID and this illness exacerbated Wyatt’s existing heart issues, which led to a fatal heart attack.
“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.”
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.
— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) August 25, 2023
Bray Wyatt hadn’t wrestled a match in over six months
Bray Wyatt was released in 2021 shortly after WrestleMania 37 and returned over a year later after months of vignettes surrounding a “white rabbit”.
After returning, Wyatt spent most of his time doing promos and non-wrestling segments. He had only one televised match since returning, which was the Mountain Dew Pitch Black match against LA Knight at the 2023 Royal Rumble. Aside from that, he also wrestled Knight on seven house shows in February, with his last one taking place in Rockford, Illinois.