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How did Bray Wyatt die? Remembering the man behind The Fiend mask

Bray Wyatt’s death at the age of 36 has put the wrestling world in shock. Tributes are pouring in for one of the most respected individuals in the WWE industry, whose star-studded career spanned almost two decades. He is a three-time world champion and a two-time tag team champion who has shared the ring with legends such as The Undertaker, Randy Orton, and John Cena.


The real-life Windham Rotunda wrestled his last match in a house show in Rockford, Illinois on February 26, 2023. He disappeared from television while in a program with Bobby Lashley and was taken down from a scheduled appearance at Madison Square Garden in March. Reports mentioned he was dealing with a serious health issue and would require a long time to recover.


WWE Chief Content Officer Triple H delivered the sad news of Windham Rotunda’s passing at 6 PM EST on Thursday. The question of how Bray Wyatt died was answered by Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful. According to the wrestling pundit, Bray Wyatt died due to a heart attack caused by complications from contracting COVID-19 earlier this year.


“I was given permission to reveal that earlier this year Windham Rotunda (Bray Wyatt) got COVID that exacerbated a heart issue," wrote Sean. "There was a lot of positive progress towards a return and his recovery. Unfortunately today he suffered a heart attack and passed away."


Prior to his disappearance, the former Universal Champion was rumored to lock horns with Bobby Lashley at WrestleMania 39. It just so happens that the one-of-a-kind Pitch Black Match at the Royal Rumble 2023 Premium Live Event was his last televised wrestling appearance. The match lasted five minutes in which Wyatt obliterated LA Knight.


Remembering Bray Wyatt’s iconic WWE career

Having made his WWE debut as Husky Harris in Wade Barrett’s Nexus stable, Windham played the typical heel to babyfaces such as John Cena and Randy Orton. However, it was only after his return to Florida Championship Wrestling in 2011 and the debut of the Wyatt Family the subsequent year on RAW that he became a memorable character.


The Wyatt Family’s most notable victory was against The Shield at Elimination Chamber 2014. The group consisting of Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman, Luke Harper, and Eric Rowan also won multiple Tag Team Championships with Bray as their leader. There were also times when Matt Hardy and Randy Orton joined Wyatt in his mission of cleansing the world.


A memorable part of The Thunderdome Era, Bray Wyatt’s ‘The Fiend’ character generated staggering responses from the WWE Universe. Alexa Bliss became his partner and they feuded with Braun Strowman and Randy Orton. The Fiend had boosted resilience which made Wyatt’s alter-ego seem to be something inhuman.


Wyatt was released on July 31, 2021, but the hype and experience of the wrestler made Triple H re-sign the superstar the moment he took over creative control from Vince McMahon. The Eater of Worlds returned in October 2022, during the Extreme Rules event, debuting a brand new character that was in control of an entity named Uncle Howdy.


Unfortunately, the storyline didn’t move forward. Alexa Bliss took a break from wrestling due to pregnancy while Bray Wyatt suffered from a health issue. The best friends were supposed to reunite on television with Howdy acting as a medium for the reunion.

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