Tags: Rowdy Roddy Piper | wwe | wrestler

WWE Legend 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper Dies at 61

Image: WWE Legend 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper Dies at 61
'Rowdy' Roddy Piper (Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for TDOSLWH)

Friday, 31 Jul 2015 06:58 PM

LOS ANGELES - WWE legend "Rowdy" Roddy Piper died from natural causes in his Hollywood home on Friday. He was 61.

Born Roderick George Toombs, Piper joined the WWE in 1984 after getting his start with the NWA in the late 1970s.

Piper and Hogan met in landmark matchups including MTV's "The War to Settle the Score" and the first WrestleMania, where Piper and "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff took on Hogan and Mr. T.

His agent Jay Schacter confirmed the news, first reported by TMZ, to Variety.

"He was one of the most generous, sincere and authentic people I have ever known," Schacter said in an email.

Other WWE stars quickly shared their condolences on Twitter.

Piper, who made a foray into film acting, starring in John Carpenter's sci-fi pic "They Live," had suffered a bout of Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2006 but was reportedly deemed cancer-free last November.

The wrestling icon was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. He was named one of the WWE's top 50 villains, as well.

Piper is survived by his wife, Kitty, and their four children.

© 2017 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
US
WWE legend Rowdy Roddy Piper died from natural causes in his Hollywood home on Friday.
Rowdy Roddy Piper, wwe, wrestler
248
2015-58-31
Friday, 31 Jul 2015 06:58 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved