Dwayne Johnson has paid tribute to former World Wrestling Leisure (WWE) star Bray Wyatt whom he described as a “very distinctive, cool and uncommon character”.
Wyatt, whose actual identify was Windham Rotunda, died “unexpectedly” on Thursday on the age of 36.
An announcement on WWE’s web site, which didn’t give the wrestler’s trigger of death, gave “condolences to Rotunda’s household, mates and followers”.
Wyatt, who was the son of Mike and Stephanie Rotunda, had a number of relations who went into the world of wrestling.
His father, grandfather “Blackjack Mulligan” Robert Deroy Windham and two of his uncles, Barry and Kendall Windham, all wrestled in WWE.
Hollywood actor Johnson, additionally identified by his ring identify “The Rock” when he was an expert wrestler, wrote on Twitter: “I’m heartbroken over the information of Bray Wyatt’s passing.
“All the time had great respect and love for him and the Rotunda household. Liked his presence, promos, in ring work and reference to @wwe universe.
“Very distinctive, cool and uncommon character, which is tough to create in our loopy world of professional wrestling.
“Nonetheless processing dropping the goat, Terry Funk yesterday and now Bray at present.
“My love, mild, energy & mana to the Rotunda household and Funk household throughout this robust, heartbreaking time. As all the time, ‘thanks for the home’.”
Funk, who had a 50-year profession in wrestling and died aged 79 earlier within the week, additionally made the leap into Hollywood appearing.
He starred in Highway Home reverse Patrick Swayze.
WWE chief content material officer, Triple H, known as Wyatt’s death “tragic information” and mentioned his ideas are along with his household.
Peacemaker star John Cena wrote in a Twitter submit he was “devastated”.
He added: “My coronary heart goes out to your entire Rotunda household. Windham introduced one of the best out of me in so some ways. I’m eternally grateful for the moments we shared. A tragic day for all these he reached around the globe. RIP.”
American wrestler The Miz, who has been in Will Ferrell comedy The Marketing campaign, wrote in a tweet: “The world misplaced a very good one at present. Bray Wyatt’s story-telling capacity alongside along with his distinctive creativity within the ring was a pressure that stored your eyes glued to the tv display.
“Windham Rotunda’s fun-loving, free spirit paired along with his infectious snigger is what I’ll really miss probably the most. My ideas and prayers exit to the Rotunda household. Relaxation properly my buddy.”
Former skilled wrestler Mick Foley, an actor identified for 2019 movie The Peanut Butter Falcon, mentioned he was “terribly unhappy” for his followers and family members.
On Twitter, he added: “I assumed so extremely of Bray Wyatt, and was so flattered when he began utilizing the mandible claw for his finisher. He was a real visionary; one of probably the most compelling presences that wrestling has ever seen.