Barry Windham is currently in ICU following a heart attack this past Friday.
Windham apparently suffered the heart attack while traveling through an airport in Atlanta, according to his niece Mika Rotunda.
His niece stated in a Go Fund Me post that Windham went into cardiac arrest and underwent an emergency procedure with his future described as “uncertain”.
From Mika Rotunda:
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, 62, is the son of the late Blackjack Mulligan and the uncle of current WWE star Bray Wyatt.
The performer got his start in 1979 in Texas and found fame in Florida before going to the World Wrestling Federation during its national expansion. Windham teamed with future brother-in-law Mike Rotunda as the U.S. Express with the duo winning the WWF tag titles twice in 1985 and was part of the inaugural WrestleMania that year.
Years later, he joined Jim Crockett Promotions and was considered a blue-chip prospect and had a series of well-remembered television matches against Ric Flair.
In 1988, he joined the Four Horseman after turning on partner Lex Luger. After a brief return to the WWF, he returned to WCW in 1990.
In February 1993, he won the NWA World Championship from The Great Muta at SuperBrawl III and held the title until July when he lost the belt to Flair.
Windham had more runs with the WWF as part of The New Blackjacks with John Layfield and returned yet again to WCW in 1998 and was part of the West Texas Rednecks with Curt Hennig, Bobby Duncum Jr. and his brother Kendall Windham.
Windham was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012 as part of the Four Horsemen.
The family is attempting to raise funds for Windham’s medical bills with a Go Fund Me campaign.