Wrestling legend and WWE class of 2005 Hall of Fame inductee, “Mr Wonderful” Paul Orndorff has passed away at the age of 71.
His son Travis Orndorff took to his Instagram account to both confirm the news, as well as posting a touching tribute to his father, saying:
“It is with great sadness 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 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”
Travis would also confirm that there has been a GoFundMe page set up to help pay for funeral costs, which can be found here.
Whilst a cause of death has not yet been stated, Paul Orndorff was revealed to be suffering from a serious case of dementia earlier this year. His aforementioned son Travis Orndorff believed this was as a result of CTE. His father was also named as part of a class action lawsuit against WWE in 2016, that alleged wrestlers in WWE’s hands had suffered “long term neurological injuries”. The case was dismissed in 2018.
What will you remember most about the career of “Mr Wonderful” Paul Orndorff? Let us know in the comments. And please check out the GoFundMe page set up to cover funeral costs.
All of us at eWN send our condolences to the entire Orndorff family.