Paul Orndorff better known to legions of fans as “Mr. Wonderful” passed away today. Orndorff was 71 years old.
Paul’s son, Travis, shared the news on his Instagram page this morning (@travis_orndorff). In recent months, the WWE Hall of Famer/cancer survivor’s health had taken a turn as he was diagnosed with dementia and committed to a health facility.
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.
A donation page is available in my bio for funeral expenses. Any close friends whom would like to speak at his funeral, please message me on Instagram Travis_Orndorff.
Orndorff headlined the first Wrestlemania, defected from WWE to WCW, and infamously was part of the class-action lawsuit levied against WWE that the company had “routinely failed to care” for wrestlers and “fraudulently misrepresented and concealed” the nature and extent of their injuries leading to long term neurological issues. The case was dismissed in 2018, with an appeal being filed and then later dismissed in 2020.
A Go Fund Me has been set up to help cover the costs of his funeral. Rest in Peace to a true legend of the business.
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