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Paul Orndorff dead at 71 – WWE Hall of Famer who fought in first Wrestlemania dies after dementia fight


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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