His son, Travis Orndorff, revealed the information in an Instagram post. Final month, he stated his father had CTE and was declining in well being.
“It’s with nice disappointment that I announce the passing of my father, Paul Parlette Orndorff Jr.,” Orndorff wrote. “He’s higher often called ‘Mr. #1derful’ Paul Orndorff. Most of you’ll bear in mind him for his physique. Many will bear in mind his depth. But when I might solely get you to grasp and see his coronary heart. He’ll at all times be Pop, Paw Paw, and Daddy at dwelling. And as a lot as lots of you hated him as a wrestler, he completely beloved you for it. He was a tremendous father that confirmed me extra love than I ever deserved. I really like you Daddy.”
Orndorff started wrestling in 1976 and was greatest identified for his time on the World Wrestling Federation roster throughout its golden period within the Nineteen Eighties. He selected “Rowdy” Roddy Piper as his supervisor in January 1984, who named him “Mr. Great” and helped him get into the principle occasion of the primary WrestleMania. Among the opponents Orndorff would go on to face included Hulk Hogan, Tito Santana, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, “The Tonga Child” and “Imply” Mark Callous.
Orndorff left the WWF in 1988 with an untreated neck damage, but continued to wrestle within the WCW and gained the World Tv Championship in addition to the WCW World Tag Crew Championship. He suffered one other neck damage after delivering a piledriver on the 2000 Fall Brawl, which led to his last retirement. He was inducted into the WWE Corridor of Fame in 2005 and appeared in a number of WWE occasions after that, together with at WrestleMania XXX.
Earlier than beginning his wrestling profession, Orndorff gained reputation as a operating again on the College of Tampa, the place he scored 21 profession touchdowns and gained over 2,000 all-purpose yards. Regardless of being picked within the twelfth spherical of the 1973 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints, he did not cross the bodily. Orndorff performed for the Jacksonville Sharks of the World Soccer League for one 12 months earlier than kickstarting his coaching as knowledgeable wrestler.
His son has launched a GoFundMe web page to help together with his father’s funeral bills. Full particulars can be found here.