Paul Orndorff dead at 71 – WWE wrestler nicknamed Mr. Wonderful dies as cause of death revealed as dementia

WWE Hall of Famer Paul Orndorff who fought in Wrestlemania has died at the age of 71 after battling dementia and head trauma.

His son confirmed that Mr Wonderful passed away in an Instagram post on Monday.

"It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my father, Paul Parlette Orndorff Jr," Travis Orndorff wrote.

He explained that his father had been battling with dementia, which he believes was caused by chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Leading the tributes was fellow wrestler Hulk Hogan who said that he was "slammed" by the news of Orndoff's death on Monday.

Read our Paul Orndorff live blog for all the latest news and updates…

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    HOW OLD WAS PAUL ORNDORFF WHEN HE DIED?

    Paul Orndorff was 71 years old when he died.

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    ORNDORFF REMEMBERED AS 'AN INCREDIBLE PERFORMER'

     

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    ‘HE LOVED YOU FOR IT’

    Paul Orndorff’s son said that his dad loved the WWE audience’s reaction to his villainous persona.

    Travis wrote said that “as much as many of you hated him as a wrestler, he absolutely loved you for it.”

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    WHEN DID ORNDORFF LEAVE WWE?

    In 1988, he left WWE for WCW, where he captured the WCW World Television Championship and the WCW World Tag Team Championships with Paul Roma.

    Despite his successful WWE career, Orndorff never won the WWE Championship.

    Injuries caused Mr Wonderful to step away from the square ring in 2000.

    He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 and the National Wrestling Alliance Hall of Fame in 2009.

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    ORNDORFF ALWAYS 'TREATED YOU WELL'

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    WHEN DID PAUL ORNDORFF MAKE HIS DEBUT?

    Paul Orndorff made his WWF debut in 1984 against Salvatore Bellomo in Madison Square Garden, reported Deadline.

    He then battled it out with Hulk Hogan for the title and went on to fight Intercontinental Champion Tito Santana.

    Orndorff and Piper faced Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka and “The Tonga Kid.”

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    FAMILY RAISING CASH FOR FUNERAL EXPENSES

    Orndorff’s family created a GoFundMe page in order to raise money for the icon’s funeral.

    On the page, Travis’s wife, Amayou Smith, wrote: “Hi my name is Amayou, my husband is Travis Orndorff.

    “As some of you may know we are preparing for Paul ‘Mr Wonderful’ Orndorff’s final farewell.

    “Travis wants to give everyone, including fans, the opportunity to Donate to Paul’s final expenses. All donations and love gifts are appreciated.”

    The page has raised a total of $860 out of its $25,000 goal so far.

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    RETIRED WRESTLER ABYSS' TRIBUTE POST TO MR. WONDERFUL

     

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    CANADIAN WRESTLER PAYS TRIBUTE TO ORNDORFF

    Adam "Edge" Copeland, a Canadian professional wrestler, tweeted following the news of Orndorff's death.

    His tweet read: "Paul Orndorff was the first wrestler I hated & feared as a child. I was at the Big Event in Toronto.

    "Changed my life. Years later the morning before WrestleMania 21, I trained with him and Hulk.

    "I was a little kid again. One of my fondest memories. Thank you for all of them Paul."

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    ORNDORFF JOINED WWE IN 1983

    The wrestler joined WWE back in 1983.

    While he was here, he gained his nickname Mr Wonderful by his then-manager Rowdy Roddy Piper.

    During his career he competed alongside Hulk Hogan and Mr T.

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    ORNDORFF HAD BEEN BATTLING DEMENTIA

    He explained that his father had been battling with dementia, which he believes was caused by chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

    The condition happens when someone suffers repeated head trauma, however, it can only be diagnosed once someone has passed away.

    It is not clear if an autopsy has been done yet.

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    'ONE OF THE ALL-TIME GREATS'

    Kane, a 54-year-old professional wrestler, also took to social media to remember the "great" Paul Orndorff.

    He tweeted: "Paul Orndorff, one of the all-time greats, has passed away. RIP, Mr. Wonderful."

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    OWNER OF HOUSE OF HARDCORE RECOUNTS WATCHING ORNDORFF HIS ENTIRE LIFE

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    ORNDORFF REMEMBERED AS A 'GREAT GUY, LEGIT TOUGH!'

    Ric Flair, a retired professional wrestler, also took to Twitter after learning of Paul Orndorff's passing.

    He tweeted: "So Sorry To Hear Of The Passing Of Paul Orndorff aka Mr. Wonderful aka The Brandon Bull. Great Guy, Legit Tough!

    "He Was Another Amazing Athlete That I Had The Pleasure Of Wrestling An Hour For The NWA Championship On Many Occasions! Rest In Peace!"

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    ORNDORFF REMEMBERED BY HULK HOGAN

    Hulk Hogan took to Twitter after learning about Paul Orndorff's death.

    He wrote: "Just got slammed with the Paul Orndorff news,RIP my brother,love you and thank you for always making me fight for everything in our matches,heaven just got even more Wonderful,love U4LifeHH."

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    HOW DID ORNDORFF'S SON ANNOUNCE THE SAD NEWS?

    His son announced the sad news in an Instagram post.

    Travis wrote: "It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my father, Paul Parlette Orndorff Jr. He is better known as ‘Mr. #1derful’ Paul Orndorff.

    "Most of you will remember him for his physique. Many will remember his intensity. But if I could only get you to understand and see his heart. He will always be Pop, Paw Paw, and Daddy at home.

    "And as much as many of you hated him as a wrestler, he absolutely loved you for it. He was an amazing father that showed me more love than I ever deserved. I love you Daddy."

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    LOSS OF A 'TRUE SUPERSTAR'

     

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    REMEMBERING 'MR. WONDERFUL'

     

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    'SO MUCH MORE THAN A WRESTLER'

    "He was so much more than a wrestler," Paul Orndorff’s son, Travis, captioned an Instagram post. "Thank you Tommy and Ashley for the memories."

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    A post shared by Travis Orndorff (@travis_orndorff)

     

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    HOW DID HE DIE?

    On July 12, Travis, Orndorff, Mr Wonderful’s son, confirmed his father’s death after battling dementia and head trauma.

    “It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my father, Paul Parlette Orndorff Jr,” Travis wrote.

    “He is better known as “Mr. #1derful” Paul Orndorff. Most of you will remember him for his physique. Many will remember his intensity. But if I could only get you to understand and see his heart.

    “He will always be Pop, Paw Paw, and Daddy at home. And as much as many of you hated him as a wrestler, he absolutely loved you for it.

    “He was an amazing father that showed me more love than I ever deserved. I love you Daddy.”

    He explained that his father had been battling with dementia, which he believes was caused by chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

    The condition happens when someone suffers repeated head trauma; however, it can only be diagnosed once someone has passed away.

    It is not clear if an autopsy has been done yet.

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    GOFUNDME SET UP

    Paul Orndorff’s husband, Amayou Smith, has set up a GoFundMe page in the wake of his death.

    It states: “Hi my name is Amayou, my husband is Travis Orndorff. As some of you may know we are preparing for Paul ‘Mr Wonderful’ Orndorff’s final farewell.

    “Travis wants to give everyone, including fans, the opportunity to Donate to Paul’s final expenses. All donations and love gifts are appreciated.”

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    WWE PUBLISHES ARTICLE ON ORNDORFF’S DEATH

    Shortly after news broke that the wrestling great had died, WWE published an article commemorating him.

    “WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Paul Orndorff, known to fans as “Mr. Wonderful,” passed away at the age of 71,” they wrote.

    At the end of the article, which included photographs of Orndorff during his career, they extended their condolences to Paul’s family and friends.

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    SON SHARES TOUCHING PHOTO WITH DAD

    Paul Orndorff’s death was confirmed by his son, Travis, on Monday.

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    A post shared by Travis Orndorff (@travis_orndorff)

     

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    WHO WAS PAUL ORNDORFF?

    To the WWE Universe, Orndorff will also go by his in-ring name, Mr Wonderful.

    The former WWE superstar also wrestled for World Championship Wrestling as Mr Wonderful.

    Orndorff exploded on the WWE scene in the 1980s, paired with manager Bobby Heenan.

    Throughout the 80s, Orndorff became a star, often going head-to-head with the Immortal Hulk Hogan in the main event of the first Wrestlemania and Survivors Series

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    WHAT IS THE WRESTLING WORLD SAYING ON TWITTER?

    WWE’s official Twitter account posted a tribute to the fallen star, tweeting: “WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff has passed away at the age of 71.

    “WWE extends its condolences to Orndorff’s family and friends.”

    Former WWE superstar CM Punk wrote: “Damn. Orndorff. I went to a wcw house show at the uic pavilion once. Maybe 95ish.

    “Him and Sherri were the best on that show with working the crowd. Think I have his autograph on a patriot mask somewhere. Rest in power Mr. Wonderful.”

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