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WWE Hall of Famer Barry Windham currently in ICU after suffering ‘massive heart attack’


According to a GoFundMe created by his niece Mika Rotunda, WWE Hall of Famer Barry Windham is currently in intensive care. She writes that the 62 year old went into cardiac arrest at the Atlanta airport on Friday (Dec. 2), and that his future is “uncertain” after undergoing an emergency procedure to save his life.

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.

Windham was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of the Four Horsemen. The handsome blonde hoss from Texas won championships in the NWA, WCW & WWE during his 1980s & 90s prime. Among those were five runs with the then-WWF Tag titles, two of which he won with Mika’s father Mike when they were known as The U.S. Express. Rotunda also married Barry’s sister, and the families are close, as evidenced by Mike & Stephanie Rotunda (née Windham)’s son Windham — aka Bray Wyatt — possibly modeling the “Uncle Howdy” character that’s a part of his current act is on his real-life uncle.

Back in 2011, we heard similar reports about Windham. Here’s hoping he bounces back from this cardiac event as well as he did that one.

Author’s note: This post previously indicated that Barry Windham was married to Mike Rotunda’s sister. Apologies for the mistake.

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