Earlier today the family of pro-wrestling legend Barry Windham shared the sad news that the WWE Hall of Famer had suffered a massive heart attack while traveling through the Atlanta airport on Friday night, and is now in the ICU after undergoing an emergency procedure.
Mika Rotunda, the daughter of Windham’s brother-in-law Mike Rotunda and the sister of Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas, has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the medical expenses.
In the description of the fundraiser, Mika revealed that Windham doesn’t have health insurance, and that he’s been limited with work due to the injuries he suffered during his legendary in-ring career.
“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.”-Mika Rotunda
Windham is best known for wrestling as a member of the iconic Four Horseman stable, as well as holding the NWA World Championship in 1993. In 2012, Windham was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame alongside his Four Horseman stablemates Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, and JJ Dillon.
Everyone here at WrestlePurists wishes Barry Windham all the best as he undergoes treatment, and are hoping for the best for him and his family.