Orndorff sufría de demencia antes de su muerte., cuales Travis Orndorff said was caused by chronic traumatic encephalopathy (Redil), una afección cerebral causada por repetidos golpes en la cabeza.
“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,” Travis Orndorff wrote. “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.”
Paul Orndorff joined a class action lawsuit against the WWE in 2016 that said wrestlers suffered “long term neurological injuries” and the WWE “fraudulently misrepresented and concealed” the injuries, but the lawsuit was dismissed in 2018.
Born in Brandon, Fla., Orndorff played running back at the University of Tampa and was drafted by the Saints in the 12th round of the 1973 Draft de la NFL. He never played in the NFL.
Orndorff started his wrestling career in 1976 with Mid-Southern Wrestling and joined WWE — known then the WWF — in 1983. He wrestled for WWF until 1988 when he was forced to retire due to injury, but he later returned to the ring, beginning with WCW in 1990.
Known for his strong frame, Orndorff was one of of Hulk Hogan’s biggest foes in the 1980s. He was in main event of the first WrestleMania in 1985 en el Madison Square Garden, teaming with Roddy Piper in a losing effort against Hogan and Mr. T. Orndorff inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.
The wrestling world was devastated by the loss.