Barry Windham In Intensive Care Following Heart Attack
Best wishes to Barry Windham, who is currently in intensive care
WWE Hall of Famer Barry Windham is in intensive care after suffering a serious heart attack on Friday, December 2.
Windham's niece Mika Rotunda revealed the news after launching a GoFundMe today to cover Windham's medical bills. They are aiming to raise $200,000.
It was noted that Windham suffered the serious heart attack while travelling through Atlanta airport. He is currently in intensive care following surgery.
Mika Rotunda wrote:
"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."
Son of Blackjack Mulligan, Windham was a star of the 1980s and early 1990s in Jim Crockett Promotions and World Championship Wrestling. His heel turn on Lex Luger in 1988 was considered one of the most shocking in pro wrestling history at the time. Following that heel turn, Windham joined Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, and Tully Blanchard in what is often considered the most iconic lineup of the Four Horseman.
Windham won several singles and tag team titles during his career, including the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship which he held for 147 days in 1993. He also had multiple runs in WWE. Windham eventually retired from in-ring action in 2010.
Windham continues to have an impact in professional wrestling to this day through his nephews Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas.